In Japan, fish grow up hoping to become sushi, just as in America, children grow up hoping to become fish. Achieve your own gastro goals with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi and Asian fusion fare at Triad Sushi Lounge in the South Loop.
Triad engages eaters with a menu of fresh sushi, pan-Asian noodles, and spicy entrees in a hip, modern atmosphere. The smorgasbord of sushi includes two dozen varieties of nigiri and sashimi ($1.50+), as well as cylindrical savories such as sahara maki ($8.50), which combines tuna, yellowtail, jalapeño pepper, avocado, masago, and cilantro with spicy sesame oil and lime. Upon request, Triad will replace wasabi paste with fresh wasabi (market price; not available in all seasons) to startle sinuses and buoy the spirits of taste buds feeling glum about not being asked to the palate prom. Bring friends and share an order of kaki fry, deep-fried oysters with lemon and a plum Japanese barbecue sauce ($6), or bring hungry enemies and force them to watch you enjoy yaki tori, marinated grilled chicken skewered with bell pepper and onion ($6). The seafood sanctum also serves a bounty of noodles, such as the tempura udon, served with shrimp and vegetable tempura in a seasoned broth ($8), as well as hearty entrees such as Triad's original five-spice pork chop ($15).
Before or after the chopsticking, sip a saketini ($10) in Triad's lush lounge, in which sleek styling complements the main dining room’s rich crimson hues, dark cheery woods, and bamboo accents. The restaurant's dim lighting and chic décor make it a great destination for a first date, an impressive dinner with clients, or a night out to celebrate the reversal of a fish-allergy diagnosis.
- Triad has already made a splash with its extensive menu of traditional and specialty maki rolls (the Kenju, named after the chef, is marinated blue fin tuna with shiitake mushrooms), nigiri and sashimi, and inventive signature items like prawns in a green tea-infused sauce and salmon marinated in Sapporo beer. – Jean Kwon, Centerstage Chicago
Triad Sushi Lounge
Slick, modern countertops, warm hues, bamboo accents, and contemporary light pendants in Triad Sushi Lounge’s dining room set the stage for a feast of Japanese delights, both exquisitely seasoned and aesthetically presented. Guests can order up a spread of traditional or fusion-style Japanese cuisine, including fresh tuna tartar and lamb chops cooked over a grill and bathed in a French-inspired red-wine-reduction sauce. Chefs tuck fresh king crab, squid, and cucumbers into colorful pieces of nigiri, sashimi, and full sushi rolls, and servers pour out sake bombs or uncork BYOB bottles. For a more private dining experience, Triad’s modern space boasts a VIP room bedecked with a 37-inch plasma-screen TV that comes outfitted with a DVD player and stellar sound system for blasting tunes or hearing the dialogue from Big Foot’s home videos.
Near South Side
1933 S Indiana Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60616Get Directions