To make a fresh fish release its full flavor, one must trick it into thinking it's back in the ocean by wrapping it in seaweed and bathing it in soy sauce. Taste sushi's superior flavors with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of sushi and cocktails at Kansaku in Evanston.
Kansaku combines traditional Japanese cuisine with inventive sushi and beverages in a sleek setting. Sushi enthusiasts are sated by a prolific list of traditional nigiri and sashimi, plus more than 20 kinds of maki, including the kamikaze, a spicy-tuna-and-cucumber roll topped with seared tuna and black tobiko plus spicy mayo and eel sauce ($13). For those who refuse to eat anything that hasn’t been tested for witchery in a blazing fire, the menu offers cooked entrees such as salmon and chicken teriyaki ($14–$16) and toothsome soba-noodles served with veggies and choice of meat ($10–$13). Sip red, white, or sparking wine by the glass or bottle, or imbibe hot or cold sake ($5–$57). Sweet flavors such as Asian-pear, lychee, and Godiva chocolate in the list of eight saketinis ($10) make the boozy medicine of vodka, sake, and triple sec go down.
During the warmer months, Kansaku offers outdoor seating, allowing diners to savor quality Japanese fare while observing Evanston's population of tiny barnacles driving in tiny cars. When temperatures cool, head indoors to the romantic interior defined by dim lighting, dark woods, and splashy red accents. The comfortable décor creates a Zen atmosphere, calming taste buds hopped up on sweet, sweet teriyaki.
- This Evanston eatery puts the shi shi into sushi. In a town bursting at the seams with quick-fix, cheap sushi spots, the sophisticated Kansaku found a niche of its own. Kansaku's upscale clientele mingles amidst a dark and modern interior, with sleek wooden tables, leather chairs and a red-lit sushi bar. – Emily Browne, Centerstage Chicago
- The folks behind Kansaku know their sushi. – Time Out Chicago
- I would highly recommend this place. Very cozy, quaint atmosphere. Good date place, for sure. – andreas h., Yelp
Upscale Japanese eatery Kansaku has attracted the taste buds of Zagat reviewers with its blend of sushi, traditional Japanese entrees, and Western-cooking styles. With à la carte nigiri and sashimi, chefs arrange morsels such as shrimp, smoked salmon, yellowtail, and snow crab artfully atop plates. More than 30 maki rolls bundle fish with spicy mayo, tempura, and tobiko, letting diners sample the sea without obtaining a degree in marine biology. During and after meals, glasses of wine, saketinis, and icy desserts satisfy cravings for sweetness after loved ones ship off to whittling camp. Kansaku’s interior designers have furnished the restaurant with wood and gold accents amid minimalist décor exemplified by a sleek sushi bar.