Sushi-san - Chicago
The sassy little sister to Ramen-san, this casual, yet trendy sushi hang attracts mostly stylish, younger diners. Sushi-san, a River North eatery from the Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises team, blends hip-hop culture with modern takes on Japanese fare.
Classic and contemporary hip-hop hits are the soundtrack for this clubby space filled with quirky Japanese knickknacks and other trendy items.
Sushi-san keeps techniques simple and aims to use as many premium ingredients as possible. The bulk of the menu is made with raw fish, which is transformed into craveable hand rolls, nigiri bombs and sashimi sets.
Charcoal-grilled meats (e.g. prime skirt steak, miso salmon, Vietnamese pork) and vegetables, crispy tempura and late night yakisoba pair with Japanese beer, Asian-influenced cocktails and more. Sizzling rice, which comes topped with roasted king crab, pork katsu nuggets or beef n' bop, is one of the biggest highlights of the menu.
Those looking for later night bites should stop in after 10pm nightly. That's when they may order Togarashi chicken, which consists of half a bird accompanied by kimchi pickles.