Kohan Japanese Restaurant | Near West Side | Japanese, Restaurant | Restaurant
"Fashion" sushi and grilled items in a pleasant spot on an utterly transformed Maxwell Street.

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Amid the condos and franchises of an utterly transformed Maxwell Street is Kohan, a pleasant place with clean lines, earth tones, and a glass-enclosed teppan (large griddle) in the back. The publicity for the restaurant announces that it offers "fashion sushi," which our server explained is "really pretty sushi." Well, to me a strip of fresh toro is a thing of beauty. There are many maki: the Sensual Pleasure Roll is spicy scallops and tuna with miso-based "modern dressing"; the UIC Roll combines lightly fried soft-shell crab with asparagus and avocado. A number of dishes come Trotter-like on their own specially designed plates, elegantly arranged according to arcane foodie feng shui. Exquisitely simple, though, is the Kohan fried rice with fresh vegetables, sizzled on the teppan by the grill masters (I watched ours juggle a raw egg from spatula to knife, catching it behind his back). Kohan has a large menu, including sushi and sashimi; grilled seafood, fish, and meat; bento boxes; and bulgogi (one of the owners treated us to some house-made kimchi) and other Korean dishes--there's a second room devoted to table-top grilling. The staff is superlatively friendly, and the food is well made and offered at reasonable prices.

David Hammond

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Price: $$$$
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