Yesterday, we took advantage of a pleasant evening and dined at a new sushi venture on Roscoe called Kaze Sushi. As a whole, the experience was quite favorable: nice interior, inventive take on sushi, and service was extremely friendly and cordial.
The atmosphere was very minimal/clean yet contemporary. The color scheme encompassed mostly white with tannish accents to the wall. Music in the background was mostly downtempo which gave the restaurant a loungey vibe.
After reading the menu, we felt that the variety was laking. The maki consisted of your basin standard choices. We weren't in the mood for their cooked dishes (at least we didn't think we were) so we opted for the chef's choice menu which provided portions from various parts of the menu in addition to items not currently on the menu. The chef came to our table and asked for our likes/dislikes and we told him that we were open to anything he had in mind with the inclusion that we would prefer the focus to be on the fish and that we were on somewhat of a budget. That being said, here's a brief rundown of what was prepared:
- carrot soup with fresh crab meat...this we enjoyed. Sweet tasting and smooth texture. Crab meat wasn't plentiful but the combination of tastes was pleasant. This was served with a rice cracker on which they recommended to place the crab meat.
- tuna special (bluefin tuna sliced immersed in a truffle oil)....this too was nice on the palate and a favorite of the evening.
- ankimo (monkfish liver w/ sliced almonds and another type of reduction) my least favorite dish of the night. not bad by any means. just didn't totally enjoy the texture of it.
- hiramae (flounder with the added touch of an orange sauce and sprouts)....nice, light and citrusy. slices of flounder were very fresh. refreshing to say the least
- whitefish (flounder wrapped with tempura shrimp and served in a parsley sauce w/ dabs of chili oil)....not usually a big fan ot tempura but this dish worked nicely.
- finally a plate of nigiri w/ various toppings (their specialty). 5 items total (bluefin tuna, salmon, marinated salmon, yellow tail, and sea urchin)....all were unique and topped with items such as shitake mushrooms, bananapeppers, truffle oil, etc.. All had a distinct and yet not too overpowering of a taste.
Overall, we were glad to have this experience at Kaze. Leah, our waitress, was extremely friendly and new the offerings well. The bill....close to $90 w/o tip which was a little more than we were expecting. The nigiri pieces with toppings were $3-$4 apiece (mostly $4) which some might consider a little expensive. All in all, a good experience and we probably will return just to see what other creations they can come up with. Cheers.
2032 W. Roscoe