In a city drowning in dining destinations, we’re left fishing for standout sushi.
Get hooked on Kai Zan, West Town’s new Japanese joint.
Plates are almost too pretty to eat: Citrus-glazed salmon curls around creamy scallops; grilled shiitake mushrooms are skewered and bathed in ponzu; maguro pearls are miniature flavor towers; even a humble unagi roll wows, unfettered by cloying sweetness.
Specials like velvety chutoro need nothing more than a sliver of fresh ginger. A hefty spider dragon roll achieves textural nirvana.
End with a heaping bowl of red bean-topped green tea ice cream.
If you care to go overboard.
Kai Zan, 2557½ West Chicago Avenue, at Rockwell Street (773-278-5776 or facebook.com/kaizanchicago).
Photo: Courtesy of Kai Zan