Specialized duties require special attributes, like opera singers' strong diaphragms and sushi chefs' pyrophobia. Take advantage of flameless fare with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Japanese cuisine at Katakana Sushi Bar.
Helmed by executive chef Abdon Calderon, Katakana Sushi Bar's lengthy menu fills tables with authentic Japanese sushi, soups, and noodle dishes. Starters such as shrimp shumai ($6.65) get meals rolling before maki eel avocado ($8.75) or spicy white tuna ($8.75). Traditional Japanese tempura items, including orange shrimp ($10) and agedashi tofu ($6.25), scatter authentic delights about the dining room, and steaming bowls of traditional udon soup anticipate autumnal demands with bowls of wheat noodles with beef ($11) and chicken ($9). Hearty appetites can venture into the robust realms of filet mignon ($32) and barbecue beef ribs ($18.95) nestled next to white rice and a hand roll.
Enclosed within exposed brick walls and over-sized expressionistic artworks, Katakana's eclectic space is flooded with natural light by day and by vivacious, multihued electromagnetic emissions by night. Though this Groupon is not valid toward the purchase of alcohol, diners can BYOB or purchase authentic Japanese beverages from a full bar.
Katakana Sushi Bar
Executive chef Abdon Calderon adds an international spin to Japanese fare, invading traditional maki with ingredients such as plantains, coconut, and chocolate. Lunch and dinner crowds sample Japanese tempura, bento boxes, and sashimi, arriving with their own adult beverages in tow. The 4,000-square-foot space hosts guests in a main loft-style dining room among the vivid red walls of a lounge furnished with white booths, or on a small patio by the flickering glow of tiki torches, sure to soften facial features or snarling werewolf-face masks.
2829 W Armitage Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60647