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Azuma Sushi & Robata Grill

Azuma's dining room is impressively decorated with raw wood beams and lighting fixtures that look like one-of-a-kind handmade paper sculptures. The wild sushi rolls and tasty robata-grilled fish are standouts. And don't miss the cook-it-yourself Kobe beef. While this Rice Village Japanese restaurant is long on atmosphere, the clientele is casual--lots of college students in T-shirts and doctors in scrubs.