"Japanese brasserie" and raw bar from Shin Thompson, formerly of Bonsoiree.
Second member of Kabuki's family of traditional Japanese restaurants.
New sushi spot; a liquor license is in the works but it will remain BYO as well.
Long-standing, well-regarded Old Town sushi house with outdoor garden.
Streeterville branch of the popular sushi chain.
Sushi bar off the lobby of the Westin Hotel.
Northbrook spin-off of Old Town's popular sushi place.
Suburban Japanese restaurant featuring tabletop cooking in addition to "floating sushi."
CLOSED. New restaurant in the space formerly occupied by the venerable Kang Nam, serving Chinese, Korean, and Chinese-Korean.
Pan-Asian restaurant and sushi bar.
Sleek Evanston sushi spot with superior fish.
Charming North Shore Japanese restaurant.
Karaoke bar with private rooms for an hourly rate of $5 per person; wine, beer, sake, and some Korean menu items are available.
The name would suggest that dumplings are the draw here, but it's the fresh homemade noodles that instantly turn unsuspecting diners into fervent members of the cult of Katy's. There are two untranslated menus plastered on the wall of this suburban strip-mall storefront. The first lists daily specials like spicy beef tendon and cold pork stomach, which can be found in the refrigerator case (or as I like to call it, the chilled organ grab bag); the second lists frozen dumplings—pork and fennel, beef and scallion, fish stuffed—available to go. Personally I can't be bothered with such exotica when I have noodles on the brain, and fortunately the dine-in menu is translated. Stir-fried noodles with dry chile offers the perfect introduction: meat, seafood, and vegetables with a healthy dose of dried red chiles, served atop of a big nest of the fresh noodles. Szechuan cold noodles are just as good, the slow burn of the Szechuan-peppercorn-spiked shredded pork prevailing over the shredded cucumber that attempts to cool the palate. If you must have something other than noodles, the chewy pancake with shredded pork may be the only worthy substitute—even though it's cut to look like a noodle. There's a second location at 790 Royal Saint George, Naperville (630-416-1188). —Kristina Meyer
Second location of the suburban minichain whose homemade noodles make it worth the trek.
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