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ASIAN FUSION

Metro Milwaukee Dining Guide

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RuYi

1721 W. Canal St.

(Potawatomi Casino)

Take a break from bingo and slots and pay a visit to RuYi, a casual spot that serves some fine Asian fare at Potawatomi Casino. The restaurant is small but the menu has large ambitions with the flavors of Japan, China, Korea and Southeast Asia. Papaya salad and Korean beef are perfectly good but the best items tend to be Chinese. The jumbo pot stickers are definitive and the shrimp with spicy salt and pepper is splendid. The noise level is the sole drawback, just a reminder that the slot machines are still waiting for you. (J.B.) $$. CC: All major. Handicap access. (800) PAYS-BIG

Umami Moto

718 N. Milwaukee St.

Umami is a cousin of a Brookfield restaurant of the same name, but a bit different. The décor is cool and urban versus warm and zen. The menu has the same Japanese core of sushi and sashimi, but adds more creativity to the Asian fusion. The ahi sashimi is of sublime quality as is the beef in the Kobe slider, simply unmatched. Pairings often take novel twists—watermelon with beet puree? Yes! The crispy shrimp adds cream cheese, cashews and a Chinese mustard glaze. This is one of those rare combinations of fine service, quality ingredients and food with edge. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC: All major. Handicap access. 727-9333