By Joshua Kelly ’20
You might be asking two questions right now: “What is sushi?” and “Is it appetizing?” One sushi bar that’ll give you all the answers is Sushi Taku with some of the best, most elegant, and freshest sushi you will ever taste!
First off, sushi is a Japanese cuisine which is just raw fish, preferably salmon, wrapped in seaweed and rice. This may not get your stomach growling, but I assure you it’s not as bad as it sounds. As long as it’s fresh, it can tame your hunger and, depending on the ingredients, can be either healthy or unhealthy.
There are many sushi bars across Chicago. You can find sushi somewhere downtown in a restaurant, or you can even find it at your local Jewel Osco. I just so happened to stumble upon a sushi bar called Sushi Taku. It’s an all-you-can-eat Japanese cuisine restaurant where you can buy the buffet option, or you can buy individual meals for take-out.
The prices aren’t very expensive, varying on what you buy. For the all-you-can-eat sushi prices, the cost of lunch is $18.99 per person from Monday to Friday, 12p.m. to 3:30p.m. The dinner price starts at 4:30p.m. and goes to the time it closes (they don’t specify what time they close), is $24.99 per person. Individual meals can range from $5 to $16. So if you’re just looking for something small you can munch on at home, this is the place for you. You could order online, but at the time of this writing it’s not available.
Sushi Taku focuses on sushi, but that doesn’t stop them from making other Japanese cuisines like Fried Oysters or Softshell Crab.
When looking at your sushi options, you can tell they’ve made a variety of them. My personal favorites are the Green Turtle Roll and the Sake Roll. The Turtle Roll is a sushi roll that is mostly spicy and a bit crunchy on the inside. No, the meat is not turtle meat, it’s actually tuna. Also, it tastes nothing like that appalling canned tuna. It’s called the Turtle Roll because of how green it looks. The spice in it gives you a little kick thanks to the wasabi mayo. At first, I was a little skeptical about it because it had the word “mayo.” I personally hate mayo, but after trying it, I knew I was mistaken to think that it would affect the actual roll. The Sake Roll is almost the same thing except it’s not crunchy and the majority of it is salmon. The spiciness is from the salmon covered in the wrap and avocado.
Every sushi roll has fresh ingredients and nothing is frozen, so you can put that inner Gordon Ramsay to the side.
Some may say that sushi is disgusting. I can’t argue that. I once hated sushi when I was younger, but I soon gave it another chance. I then learned to love it. I can guarantee that it’s something very interesting you need to try!
- 1904 W Division St.
- Lunch: $18.99 Monday through Friday 12p.m. to 3:30p.m.
- Dinner $24.99 Monday through Friday 4:30p.m. to closing time
- Saturday and Sunday all day dinner price $24.99