Shiawase Opens in Lakeview
Earlier this year, new sushi restaurant Shiawase opened at 3422 N. Broadway Street in Chicago. Shiawase means happiness in Japanese, and co‐owners Wany Phuang and Ohm Onthuam (Amarit & Uaki) aim to spread good fortune to the Lakeview neighborhood by providing a healthy and delicious dining experience.
Opening Shiawase is Phuang’s dream come‐true: she has been working in the restaurant business for the past ten years with the goal of starting her own establishment. Onthuam owns two other restaurants in Chicago—Amarit Asian Restaurant and Ukai Sushi. Together, their goal is to duplicate the authentic flavors and decors of Japan.
Shiawase’s menu is unique from the typical sushi eatery. “We try our best to differentiate and keep it authentically Japanese,” Phuang said. “We bring healthy food to the community—Let’s eat healthy and feel healthy.”
Shiawase customers can choose from a variety of Japanese salads, including Ahi Poke, which features equal‐sized diced raw tuna and fresh avocado. The smooth textures blend together, while the tuna and avocado flavors are complimented with a special house blend sauce and rice seasoning. The salad is served on shredded daikon with fried lotus root chips on the side.
Fresh from the deep
The sakura roll is among the many signature rolls on the menu. Sakura means cherry blossom in Japanese—the blooming of the cherry blossom flower is widely celebrated each March in Japan. The roll consists of salmon, tuna, yellowtail, superwhite tuna and masago and is served in the shape of a flower bloom. Asparagus gives the roll crispness, while spring leaves add a fresh green flavor.
Non‐sushi lovers have plenty of options at Shiawase, including robatas, a Japanese method of slow‐ cooked barbecue. The menu features variety items sold individually. The ribeye steak rabata is marinated overnight, and the meat is tender and bursting with flavor. The bacon cherry tomato rabata features a thick piece of bacon wrapped around a delicate cherry tomato—the tomato is saturated and cooked in the bacon fat, resulting in a warm explosion of bacon‐flavored tomato juices. The sishito pepper is a Japanese sweet pepper, and its subtle taste is enhanced with the flavor brought from the grill. The rabatas are served with a sweet chili sauce. The menu also features rice bowls, curry dishes, noodle dishes and appetizers. Vegetarian diets have plenty of options.
This is more about us
The interior of Shiawase was designed by Phuang and her brother George, aiming for a natural and authentic ambiance. Wooden tables are surrounded by black cushioned booth seats and curved wooden chairs, while the walls are finished with pine. Each table is meticulously set with black glazed square plates and dipping bowls; wooden chopsticks rest on holders to the side. Bamboo bowls are used to serve many of the dishes. Most of the dinnerware was imported from Japan and other countries from Asia.
The centerpiece of the restaurant is the custom built sushi bar, behind which the chefs craft their culinary offerings. Executive chef Toby Himacharoen has ten years of cooking experience in sushi restaurants. He sources his own fish orders, with multiple weekly deliveries ensuring maximum freshness.
Bring a crisp bottle of pinot gris and pair it with a sakura roll—Shiawase is BYOB.
Hours of operation: 4‐10 every Monday‐Thursday; 11:30‐11 every Friday and Saturday; 11:30‐10 every Sunday. To view the restaurant’s complete menu, visit shiawasesushi.com.