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Kai Zan

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#1 of 14708 restaurants in Chicago
#1 of 20896 places to eat in Chicago
Closes soon: 23:30
$$$$ Average price: $25-49
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2557 W Chicago Ave, 60622
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Savor Japanese cuisine that will combine many elements of culinary traditions. You can order mouthwatering nigiri, king crab and red snapper. Eating tasty green tea ice cream, cream cakes and chocolate cakes is a pleasant experience here. You will be offered delicious wine, beer or bitter. Great iced green tea, coffee or matcha are among the tastiest drinks to degust.

The intimate atmosphere of this restaurant allows guests to relax after a hard working day. The energetic staff welcomes visitors all year round. If you want to experience enjoyable service, you should go to Kai Zan. A lot of people highlight that the decor is divine. This place scooped the Bib Gourmand award for good meals at affordable prices.

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Authentic Japanese food, chef's prepared combination is awesome. Pricey but it's worth it!!!Need reservation!
4.4 Month: June 2018 Day and time: Tuesday evening Food: 4-5 stars We ordered escolar pearls, maguro pearls, oyster shooters, karaage (fried chicken), braised octopus, the mushroom medley, hamachi collar, and various nigiri. The oysters were refreshing and cleansed the mouth between the competing tastes of the other dishes. All of the fish nigiri were outstanding - the tuna and hamachi were smooth and silky, but the salmon belly rose above them both with its richness. I was a little disappointed with the wagyu beef, both when served on its own and as nigiri. The juices caramelized on the surface of the meat, providing a promising first bite, but the flavor held little longevity. The karaage was ordinary, despite the hope offered by the marinated chicken meat. The hamachi collar was the most popular dish among our table of four, though I preferred the salmon nigiri. It took little encouragement for the white fish to fall from its frame, and even less so for it to melt in the mouth. It was accompanied by a ponzu-scallion sauce and grated daikon radish which brought a welcome salty kick to the otherwise unassuming hamachi. The braised octopus - a special of the day - was lightly-charred and its toughness changed up the texture profile of the evening. We finished our meal with mango mochi, lava cake, and matcha creme brulee. Most dessert lovers could find satisfaction somewhere across the selection, and indeed this dessert skeptic enjoyed sampling all three. Setting & Atmosphere: 4-5 stars We were lucky enough to be seated at one of several large booths along the left wall of the restaurant. We had the utmost privacy - we neither saw nor were seen by other customers during our meal - but the chatter in the air reminded us there were plenty of other lucky souls enjoying their meals too. Drink: 4 stars We each took a beer, and were pleasantly surprised to find the Asahi offered was not the Super Dry but instead the Select amber lager. Service: 5 stars I have nothing but compliments for our server, Brian. He knew the menu inside out, offering sensible alternatives where our first choices were unavailable. We ordered several off-menu items on his recommendation, including the show-stealing salmon belly nigiri. Service was attentive, comically so at one point when replacement chopsticks were provided within seconds of a pair falling to the floor. Value: 4 stars The a la carte menu varies in its value-for-money - the daily collar offers an entree-sized amount for cooked fish for ~$14, but you would need to spend 2-3X that on appetizers to feel full. You should go to Kai Zan expecting to spend well for some of the best raw fish in Chicago. With such an approach, the omakase at $65 a head looks outstanding value. Return: Yes I could return and eat exclusively fish, as the tuna, salmon, and hamachi were the freshest I've tasted in Chicago. I would like to check out the chef's omakase too - while the chicken and beef play second fiddle to the fish here, they would still be upper quartile across Chicago restaurants.
Took my boyfriend here for his birthday & had the 10 course omaske tasting! Probably one of the best meals I have had in my life. Brought our own wine & they have a cork fee which is $15 but that covers up to 2 bottles.The overall place is pretty small & intimate so a reservation is recommended.. (You are able to stay for 1 hour & 15 minutes max due to this I believe)Our server was informative and friendly as well as the hosts & everyone who brought food to the table. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking to try something new right outside the city!
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Address
2557 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60622
Features
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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