Two chefs join forces for an unlikely but fitting fusion.
The low-profile sushi spot in Irving Park might help you miss Katsu a little less.
Kai Zan 2557 W. Chicago 773-278-5776 www.eatatkaizan.com @KaiZanChicago Runner-Up Ora
Kai Zan Runner-Up: Coast
Challenged to create a dish with shio koji, a mold-inoculated rice paste, Webster’s Wine Bar chef Aaron Mooney uses it as a marinade.
Challenged to create a dish with pig heart, Carlo and Melvin Vizconde of Kai Zan prepare it three ways in a bento box.
Challenged to create a dish with uni, Purple Pig chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. makes pasta with the sea urchin gonads.
Coast Sushi Bar
Juno, the post-Arami comeback from B.K. Park, is a work in progress.
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Squeeze yourself into this new BYO for some nice sushi