I lived in 3 years in Japan in the 1990s and developed a love for Japanese cuisine. I try to get my share of Japanese food at the different Chicago restaurants and even prepare my own sushi on occasion. However, I had never really found a restaurant that offered truly authentic Japanese or the freshness of what I'd experienced in Japan.
The listings on chowhound encouraged me to try Katsu on Peterson. I'd heard about Katsu from Japanese friends but never gave it a try for some reason. However, the many raving reviews on chowhound encouraged me to try Katsu. I visited Katsu last weekend with the mindset of not expecting too much.
We started with the beef asparagus roll which melted in my mouth. We ordered the chicken teriyaki and shrimp tempura combo and found the shrimp/vege tempura to be lightly breaded with a dipping sauce that included shaved daikon radish. The chicken breast teriyaki was some of the most tender chicken I've tasted. I like the small touches that included tasty Japanese pickles and sesame covered rice.
We next had one of the sushi platters and was not disappointed. It was easy to tell that their sashimi was shipped in from Boston. Each of the pieces were larger that what you'd find in a sushii restaurant and very fresh with good texture. I look forward to experimenting with different pieces and rolls on my next visit. We finished our meals with some cocunut gelato which was a nice finishing touch.
I walked out of Katsu feeling as if all the rave reviews were justified. The prices are not cheap, but the quality of the food and service makes it worth the visit. Without a doubt, Katsu has been my best Japanese dining experience in Chicago. I can't wait to go back.
Stirs-the-pot, Steve Z. and Ethan S. thanks for the recommendations.