Side-By-Side Sister Restaurants Hit River North

Sushi and Indian eateries owned by same company

By Marcus Riley
|  Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:45 PM CDT
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A bustling River North food corner has two new additions in one fell swoop.

Roka Akor Sushi & Steak and Bombay Spice Grill & Wine opened side-by-side this week at 111 W. Illinois Street, and the timing of both openings is no coincidence -- they're both owned by the same company.

But aside from that, the only thing the two restaurants share are the bathrooms.

Roka Akor adds a Chicago location to its roster, to go along with other branches in London, Hong Kong and Scottsdale, AZ.

A robata grill is centrally located in the dining room, providing a glimpse of the open-flame preparation of specialties such as miso-marinated black cod, wild jumbo tiger prawns and glazed pork ribs. Fresh sushi and sashimi are also available on the menu, helmed by Chef Ce Bian.

The restaurant will offer patio seating on Clark Street later this summer.

Bombay Spice channels the flavors of India for its inspiration.

The restaurant promises a healthy twist on Indian cuisine, preparing dishes with olive oil instead of ghee or butter.

The menu features items such as shrimp tikka skewers, chickpea ceviche and grilled lamb chops along with the roti and naan breads you're used to at Indian restaurants.

Twenty-five international wines are also available for $25 a bottle at the wine bar or at the dining tables.

A take-out window is also located on Clark Street, along with a special late night menu.

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