Kai Zan

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#2 of 21128 places to eat in Chicago
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian options
$$$$ Average price: $25-49
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2557 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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The Japanese cuisine is nice at this restaurant. Don't forget to degust good salmon nigiri, king crab and seared tuna at Kai Zan. Nothing can be better than eating tasty green tea ice cream, crème brûlée and creamy cakes. In accordance with the guests' opinions, waiters serve delicious wine, beer or champagne. Don't miss the opportunity to try great matcha, iced green tea or chocolate frappe.

This place is well known for its great service and friendly staff, that is always ready to help you. You will definitely appreciate the comfortable ambiance and divine decor. This spot won the Bib Gourmand award for tasty meals at reasonable prices.

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I have been to Kai Zan over a dozen times now. And they never ever ever disappoint! I always order everything on their specials menu. Who doesn't want otoro or their lobster waygu fried rice. (Insert heart eyes emoji here). Also it's always a treat when they have uni. I can have a whole meal of it. Uni toro tartare, uni shooters, uni nigiri. I've been to many sushi restaurants in Chicago and Kai Zan is my absolute favorite, even beating high end Momotaro. I love the lowkey intimate vibes of Kai Zan and they're not pretentious at all. The sushi chefs are so humble and seem to really enjoy what they do and they enjoy seeing their customers happy. I'm a customer for life!
The chef's omakase is the way to go. 10 courses for $65? Hard to beat that price point in Chicago. We were seated at the sushi bar where we got to see the chefs live in action. They also have private booths that are more intimate, good for a date or larger groups. The food comes out extremely quick - like lightening speed fast. I barely had time to take a breath and the next dish is already in front of my face, which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. Personally I didn't notice it until my significant other pointed out that we've gone through 5 courses already within the span of 20 minutes. It bothered him a little that it seemed like they were trying to rush us through our dinner. I understand that turn over has to happen but I wish they gave us a little more time to enjoy the experience. So a downside would probably be the time limit of 90 minutes. However, everything was super fresh and delicious! They definitely save the best for last, which was the sashimi. The slices of raw fish just melts in your mouth. It would have been better if they put it earlier in the meal because by this time we were quite full and felt like we weren't able to fully enjoy it like we would have wanted to. It was still incredible though! Besides the sashimi, my other favorites were the escolar & marguro pearls, shooters, and the orange rush. We were thoroughly impressed with the all the flavors and would love to come back and try their premium Omakase option.
My wife took me here for my birthday a few months ago and had a great experience. The set menu is definitely worth it. The courses were very creative and each plate was better than the one before. I would highly recommend giving this place a go.
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2557 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Сredit cards accepted Booking Takeaway Parking No TV
Opening hours
SundaySun Closed
MondayMon Closed
TuesdayTue 17:00-22:00
WednesdayWed 17:00-22:00
ThursdayThu 17:00-22:00
FridayFri 17:00-23:00
SaturdaySat 16:30-23:30

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