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Kai Zan

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Opens at 16:30 Sat 16:30-23:30
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2557 ½ W. Chicago Ave., 60622
Chicago, Illinois, USA
After a long walk around Humboldt Park, come to this restaurant and have a rest here. Japanese cuisine is a must-order one at Kai Zan. You can share good fried chicken, good sushi and excellent omakase with your friends and have a nice time here. Green tea ice cream here is fine, this is what regular visitors of this place underline. Kai Zan can become your favorite restaurant to come for nice white wine and wonderful sake. The friendly staff meets you at this spot all year round. It's always a pleasure to rest and have a meal here because of the awesome service. It is noteworthy that decor is cool. The atmosphere is decent to attract clients, this restaurant is on top. Kai Zan scooped the Bib Gourmand award for tasty meals at fair prices. The restaurant has 2 black knife-and-fork symbols because the Michelin inspectors suppose that Kai Zan offers ultimate comfort.
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This is my favorite restaurant in the city. They never let me down! I always order the omakase and I cannot describe how amazing it always is. And the BYO factor just puts it over the top. I almost didn't write this review because I keep wanting this to be my hidden gem, but that would be a disservice to everyone involved with Kai Zan.
Uni may be the key of Kai Zan, and everything looks fabulous.
Yelp did not lead us astray on this one.  Kai Zan was a totally awesome, unique experience.  They basically mash up sushi with a pre-fix dining experience and the result is perfect.  We did the 10 course tasting menu which is a total steal at $65/person.  It is a BYOB with a reasonable corkage fee, so overall I felt like it was a great deal.  My only caveat to people is that you do have to really love raw fish.  Because that is pretty much every course.  Suited me just fine, but if you're expecting a hibachi steak type entree, nope, courses 9 and 10 are just more raw fish.  But the fish was excellent quality and variety, super flavorful and prepared in all sorts of ways with different garnishes and presentations.  Service was on point, with the spacing of dishes absolutely perfect.  We went with a group of 4 and had a great little private-feeling booth.  All in all, the meal took 2 hours, which I thought was ideal.  By the end we were full without being miserably stuffed, and delightfully tipsy from the bottle of sake and bottle of champagne that we brought.  Highly recommend this spot!
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Address
2557 ½ W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60622
Opening hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday 17:00-22:00
Wednesday 17:00-22:00
Thursday 17:00-22:00
Friday 17:00-23:00
Saturday 16:30-23:30
Sunday Closed