Kai Zan

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#2 of 21150 places to eat in Chicago
ClosedOpens at 16:30
$$$$ Average price: $25-49
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2557 W Chicago Ave, 60622
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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This restaurant offers its visitors Japanese cuisine. To taste mouthwatering nigiri, king crab and oysters is a truly good idea. Being at Kai Zan, try good green tea ice cream, crème brûlée and brulee dessert.

The wine list is extensive, every guest will find something that satisfies their taste. It's time to degustate delicious matcha, iced green tea or coffee. The competent staff welcomes people all year round. The fine service is a great benefit of this place. The divine decor and homey atmosphere let clients feel relaxed here. This spot got the Bib Gourmand award for tasty meals at moderate prices.

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Best sushi in Chicago- make reservations and be prepared for a trek
I just got back from my omakase and this is what i have to say. This is actually a 3 star review but i want the owner to take note of this. The restaurant is small, as other reviewers have said so definitely reserve a table, especially if you want to try the omakase menu. The service was good because the server gave a thorough explanation of each course. I tried the PREMIUM omakase with 3 other friends and we ordered the unitoro tar tar, oyster shooter, grilled scallop nigiri and the purple yam mochi on the side. The unitoro tar tar is a must if you come. The omakase started off really well and I had high hopes. The first few courses hit several senses such as taste, smell, and visual. It started off with Alaskan king crab with vinaigrette which helps with the appetite. The 3rd course was a beef slider with beef from Japan. The bread was crumbly and the texture and taste was very one dimensioned. It felt like a waste of good beef. But it was redeemed with the 4th course. And that's when things started going down hill. The dashi course was salty and didn't have any other flavor. There was a fried oyster course that's not pictured. It came out of left field and didn't really go well with the rest of the courses. The broth was good and tasted like clam chowder. However the fried oyster left a very bad fishy taste in my mouth. It was very rich with nothing to cut through the richness and didn't prepare us well for the next course, sashimi. The sashimi course was also very fishy. It was an endless amount of fishiness. The pickled vegetables and fresh wasabi on the side definitely helped. I know Chicago isn't close to the ocean so I didn't expect the fish to be amazingly fresh. However, I will say the uni was fresh and some bites tasted like a mouth full of delectable ocean.  The dessert was a huge disappointment and was the last straw for me. The server described it as a deconstructed cheesecake and it was anything but that. It was literally fresh fruit and yogurt with a few pieces of mint. It didn't finish the meal off well, especially with the previous course being raw fish. I even told the person over the phone that I was celebrating my birthday and when they called to reconfirm, they recalled that it was my birthday. However, I didn't get anything to commemorate this special day. The mochi was $5 for ONE piece, cut into 4 and they couldn't give that to me on house. I paid $190 with tip per person and they couldn't give me a better dessert aside from freaking yogurt and fruit. As i left, the person up front even said happy birthday. It added salt to my wound. After seeing on yelp, even regular omakase had better food than the premium that i got. Perhaps the biggest difference is the types of fish we got for the sashimi. I feel so ripped off, especially after paying so much, twice as much as the regular omakase. The price point did not justify what we ate. A few courses wowed me with a 9/10 but most of them were an average 5.
You know that a restaurant is good when you book a table almost as soon as you get home. Like a lot of people, we got the "regular" omakase, which is the $65 standard. (The premium is market priced, I believe.) Unlike a lot of tasting menus, which can be hit or miss depending on when you go, they brought out their greatest hits for theirs. The Maguro Pearl might be one of my favorite bites I've ever had in a Chicago restaurant, and I loved how much variety you got. I was afraid that I was going to be a little hungry, but the boyfriend and I were both STUFFED after the meal. We can't wait to come back and order off the regular menu, now that we've gotten a little taste of everything. All in all, this is one of the best deals I've seen. Run, don't walk, to Kai Zan!
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2557 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60622
Сredit cards accepted Booking Vegetarian options No delivery 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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