Whether you are grabbing dinner before catching a show at the House of Blues or want to show off your chopstick skills to your special someone, you are in great hands with the outstanding service and cuisine at Katana Sushi and Robata Grill. 

With only two other locations in the world (West Hollywood and Dubai), Chicago diners are fortunate to have Katana calling the city home for its third and newest location. Perfect for lovers of Japanese cuisine and those looking to expand their palate, Katana has a little something for everyone with their tapas-style menu. Check out our picks below!  

Cold Starters 

You’ll be cool as a (not too) Spicy Sesame Cucumber “Sunomono” ($7) if you start off the evening with a bowl of this addicting snack! 

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Spice things up a little more with the “Hanabi” ($16). This spicy tuna-topped crispy rice makes for a delightful bite-sized treat! 

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Hot Starters 

Crunch on the Asupara Niku Maki ($17), a thin slice of rib eye wrapped around a short stalk of asparagus and glazed with a soy mirin sauce.  

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Or make it sweeter with the Popcorn Shrimp ($19), tempura-fried and tossed in a syrup-y miso glaze.   

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Got any non-adventurous eaters at the table? Play it safe with the Tori No Tatsuga Age ($14), a Japanese fried chicken staple served with cilantro mayo and Japanese mustard sauce for dipping.  

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Traditional Wagyu Gyoza ($14) packs a ton of deliciously unique flavor with or without the accompanying spicy ponzu sauce and kimchee.  

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Robotayaki  

Directly translated to “cooking with an open flame”, specifically utilizing Binchotan, a special Japanese charcoal from the seaside village of Wakayama. Each robotayaki is served on skewers in small portions, infused with a unique smoky richness. Pick many to share and enjoy! We vote indulging in: 

Ebi Bacon ($10) – jumbo shrimp wrapped with bacon in a chili garlic sauce. 

Negima ($4) – chicken and green onions 

Suzuki ($8) – Chilean seabass 

Saikyo Yaki ($13) – miso marinated black cod 

Gyu ($8) – aged rib eye  

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Sushi Rolls 

The beauty of sushi is that you can make it an appetizer, palate cleanser or your entire meal. Whatever you choose, we recommend these three rolls: 

Katana ($20) – spicy tuna, tuna sashimi, jalapeno and yuzu oil  

Kani Maki ($11) – creamy baked crab wrapped in soy paper 

White Lotus ($22) – shrimp tempura, avocado and asparagus topped with salmon and crispy onions in truffled soy 

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Join Katana on Wednesday evenings for Wagyu Wednesdays to indulge in wagyu specials and whisky flight pairings. Additionally on Wednesdays, guests can score 50% off all bottles of wine and sake throughout the evening.  

Katana is located at 339 N Dearborn St in River North. Lunch service is Monday through Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm. Dinner is served Monday through Thursday 4pm to 10pm, Friday 4pm to 11pm, Saturday 5:30pm to 11pm and Sunday 5:30pm to 10pm. Happy hour is held Monday through Friday 4pm to 7pm.  

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Source: http://www.chicagofoodmagazine.com/krazy-for-katana