“A lot of people said it’s kind of chic,” says Chaidanai Chaiprasert, owner of the two-month-old Sen Sushi. “I don’t even know what that word means.” Really? Oak Park’s minimalist new sushi spot sports four butcher-block tables, track lighting over the ten-seat sushi bar, honey-toned horizontal wood paneling, and a floor-to-ceiling serene Buddha face carved out of Thai red wood. The food is as stylish and appealing as the room, especially the tender shrimp shumai, zingy ahi tuna poke, supremely juicy chicken yakitori, and Fuji Mountain maki—snow-white tuna capping a soft-shell crab roll. Maybe Sen is more zen than chic but it’s also infinitely likable. 814 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park; 708-848-4400.
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