153 Akira specializes in creating attractive sushi and sashimi plates and Osaka-style Japanese entrees with French accents. Start with salmon carpaccio. Look for the tilapia in a delicate garlic, olive oil and citrus sauce and a holiday roll — King crab, tuna, and shrimp wrapped in soy paper. $$ Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat.


Akai Hana

3223 W. Lake Ave., Wilmette, 847-251-0384

With its Japanese grocery store, Akai Hana offers visitors a casual, culinary respite. Taste sushi made with octopus, yellowtail and shrimp or sample full entrees of sea bass teriyaki, asparagus beef maki and a healthy combo bento box with seaweed salad and tofu steak. $$ Lunch and dinner daily


Bangkok Tokyo

227 Waukegan Road, Lake Bluff, 847-295-7811

Come here for a mix of Thai and Japanese dishes served in an intimate, contemporary setting with tables and banquettes. Summer rolls are a favorite served all year long. The sushi is artful and features the Ommera maki roll with tempura shrimp. Noodle panang is a spicy dish with a choice of meats and basil in a panang coconut curry sauce. $$ Lunch and dinner daily


Hana Asian Bistro

9434 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-677-4262

With soft lighting emanating from wooden pillars and stone walls, Hana presents both Chinese and Japanese entrees and a long list of sushi. Get a raw fish fix with hamachi sashimi with jalapenos or have a roast duck salad for starters. Main entrees include seafood combo Korean style and noodles with salt and pepper smelt. $$ Lunch and dinner daily


Joy Yee's Noodles

521 Davis St., Evanston, 847-733-1900

If you tried to eat your way through this noodle shop's expansive menu of chow mein, chow fun, udon and other noodles it would take quite an effort. All favorites are here such as pad thai and lo mein as well as something a little different like woon sen — clear noodles. Stir frys are available over rice and the menu also has Vietnamese sandwiches. $ Lunch and dinner daily                                   



1320 Shermer Road, Northbrook, 847-562-0064