A Traditional Robata Grilling Concept by Chef Gene Kato.

Welcome to Sumi Robata Bar, an authentic Japanese Robatayaki that takes pride on being natural, focused and creative. Sumi, derives from the Japanese word for charcoal, which focuses on the tradition and skill of Robata grilling. This ancient culinary technique was originated by Japanese fisherman, who were the first to utilize the communal hearth known as an irori.

Come watch the industry leader of this segment of cuisine, Chef Gene Kato as he mesmerizes you as he grills the highest quality ingredients over Japanese charcoal. The menu at Sumi Robata Bar, is anchored by a variety of dishes from the Robata grill, enhanced by traditional cold and hot Japanese appetizers. Sumi’s elegant and subtle design reflects charcoal in its purest form, with a focus on natural materials including stone and bamboo. Be sure to take a seat along the Robata counter and see how he methodically seasons bits of skewered flesh and vegetable to perfection. The small plates of astonishing elegance will take your breath away with each bite.

Enjoy the artistry of Chef Gene Kato at Sumi Robata Bar. Recipient of the 2017 Jean Banchet Award of Culinary Excellence as Chicago’s Best Neighborhood Restaurant. In 2017 Chef Kato was recognized by James Beard as a semi finalist for Best Chef: Great Lakes.