BaiKu Sushi Lounge's New Midtown Restaurant: Specialty Sushi, Noodle Bowls and More

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BaiKu's "Tuna Tiradito," lightly seared big-eye tuna with ponzu, chive oil, tobiki, spooled daikon, schchimi togarashi and toasted garlic chips.
  • BaiKu's "Tuna Tiradito," lightly seared big-eye tuna with ponzu, chive oil, tobiki, spooled daikon, schchimi togarashi and toasted garlic chips.

As reported by Gut Check in July, BaiKu Sushi Lounge (3407 Olive Street; 314-896-2500) joins the Hotel Ignacio building's offerings which includes the MOTO Museum and Triumph Grill. Keeping with the overarching concept, BaiKu -- Japanese for motorcycle -- features a dining area with deconstructed bike parts as well as a contemporary lounge to sip on beer and sake by the glass or bottle.

See also: BaiKu Sushi Lounge Opening in Midtown

Chef Soung Lee prepares dishes at the sushi bar with another chef.
  • Chef Soung Lee prepares dishes at the sushi bar with another chef.

At the sushi bar, chef Soung Lee -- previously of Miso and Central Table Food Hall -- prepares fresh fish including chilled dishes, nigiri, sashimi, specialty fish flown in from Hawaii, and colorful sushi rolls including "the Serpent" with shrimp tempura, cucumber, eel, avocado, scallions and a sweet-soy reduction.

On the hot side of the menu, chef Joshua Norris cooks up pork-belly steamed buns, yakitori, lobster dumplings, soba and ramen bowls, and more. Large plates include fresh Hawaiian snapper and Korean-style hanger steak.

The dining room.
  • The dining room.

BaiKu also has a long list of wines as well as a forthcoming specialty cocktail list created by former Araka bartender Tim Kosuge. The restaurant will host a grand-opening event this Friday, October 17 -- reservations suggested.

BaiKu Sushi Lounge's current hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to midnight; Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 3 to 10 p.m. For the full menu and more information, visit the BaiKu Sushi Lounge website or follow it via Facebook.

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"Char Siu Steamed Buns" with barbecue pork belly and pickled cucumber.
  • "Char Siu Steamed Buns" with barbecue pork belly and pickled cucumber.
The "Onisan" with lemon-garlic crab, cucumber, avocado, gobo, salmon, jalapeno, chili aioli, ponzu tobiko and scallions.
  • The "Onisan" with lemon-garlic crab, cucumber, avocado, gobo, salmon, jalapeno, chili aioli, ponzu tobiko and scallions.
Noodles served with a lid and spoon.
  • Noodles served with a lid and spoon.
"Hawaiian Saimin" with char-siu pork, poached egg, fish cake, bok choy, shitake and green onions a dashi-ramen broth.
  • "Hawaiian Saimin" with char-siu pork, poached egg, fish cake, bok choy, shitake and green onions a dashi-ramen broth.
The menu.
  • The menu.
Lounge and restaurant.
  • Lounge and restaurant.

Carved apple for dessert.
  • Carved apple for dessert.
Another look at the dining room.
  • Another look at the dining room.
The lounge, with a hallway connecting to the Hotel Ignacio foyer.
  • The lounge, with a hallway connecting to the Hotel Ignacio foyer.
Another look at the lounge.
  • Another look at the lounge.
Swanky light fixture.
  • Swanky light fixture.
Patio, complete with a fireplace.
  • Patio, complete with a fireplace.
Now open in Midtown.
  • Now open in Midtown.

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