Chicago >Food & Dining > Tanoshii
5547 N Clark St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064041.983112 -87.668564
Neighborhoods: Edgewater, Far North Side
The worst service I've ever exerienced – I saw this restaurant on Check Please and visited with my family at 6:30 on a Friday night. After 2 1/2 hours, we still did not have all of our food - no exaggeration. When we asked the manager what was going on, he was totally unapologetic and kept saying - 5 more minutes. We finally just told them to cancel the remaining order. They brought the check with no apologies or discounts for our experience. If they would have recognized the horrible experience we had in any way, I would not take the time to write this review. I eat a lot of sushi in this town and I've never experienced such bad service in the 20 years I've lived here. Their service should not be rewarded with customers. I strongly recommend you find a different sushi restaurant. This place is not worth the time or aggravation.
Original rolls with a spin on classic sushi, but not authentically Japanese – I do not believe that Tanoshii is authentic Japanese fare. It is a blend of spices and flavors, which were delicious, but not necessarily Japanese style. I have been to many Korean owned sushi restaurants that were quite good and authentic. But Tanoshii is more "fusion" sushi. This is a place where you can go for sushi-like rolls, but not sushi rolls. Because the rolls were so heavily spiced and flavored, it was diffidult to decipher the individual flavors, such as the marinade of the rice and the simplicity of the raw fish. Overall, however, the rolls were good, and the staff was friendly. I don't think I would bring my father here, as our family prefers the traditional sushi, but I would probably bring a few friends who are not acclimated with sushi here for a beginner's course.
Dynamite sushi experience – Our party of four sat in the back room, went with the chef's choice menu, and, for seven plates and two hours, took an amazing ride. Sushi Mike's creations are edible art, pure and simple. Watching him create is like peeking in on Rembrandt in his studio. From an amazing Asian pear/soft shelled crab number to a wild mountain of ceviche-type sushi, Mike delivered one magical experience after another.
The good and bad-it's true – I live near Tanoshii, and I've eaten there several times. It's true, the service can be inconsistent, but often it's fine. However, I've always found the staff and chefs to be extremely friendly, and I enjoy the food. Mike's special is generally very good-usually you are asked what foods you like and Mike creates around what you suggest. This explains the inconsistent reviews here. I have young children, and we try to arrive at 6PM or earlier, which works well-I've always found my children welcome there.
Service? – We went to Tanoshii last night for dinner. After about 10 minutes, somone brought us water and told us that another person would take our order. The other person stopped by about 10 minutes later and asked us if we wanted mike specials. We responeded yes, but tried to ask some questions because we had never eaten there. The guy seemed confused and said mike would talk to us. After about 45 mins and no food, we asked the waiter if we were going to get any food. He said that they were working on it. We left at the one hour mark.
Brilliant – While not to be thought of as traditional, "Sushi" Mike offers a hand-crafted menu of some of the most creative rolls in Chicago. He successfully blends flavors of Asia, Europe, and the Mediterranean in a gastronomic explosion. On top of this, Mike creates a personal, friendly, and comfortable environment for his customers. The service is not the fastest in town, but the experience is well worth the wait.
Rude Owner – The owner/sushi chef was extremely rude during our entire dining experience. The "mike's special" was expensive and not very good. If you go to this place I would suggest taking advantage of the BYOB policy because being extremely intoxicated may be the only way to enjoy this excuse for sushi.
User review by wotan – this is the place to go if you are a "safe" sushi eater, meaning you eat only rolls and cooked sushi, that is assuming you actually get your food. the incompetant wait staff lost our order but kept assuring us our food was coming. the food is tasty and creative but would make most japanese people cringe. they drizzle all of their rolls with some kind of gooey sauce. if you like authentic japanese style sushi go elsewhere. this place is korean owned and operated. we canceled our order, the rest of our party got their food, and we went to white castle up the street.
Best Sushi Ever – This is simply the best sushi I've ever had. The freshness and taste of the fish, the unusual and brilliant choices of vegetables and even fruits to create amazing taste combinations, the sauces, the overall intricacy of taste and presentation: it is fabulous in every respect.
Pleasant sushi hangout in Andersonville draws folks with friendly service, reasonable prices and fresh, creative Japanese fare. – The Scene
Tucked into two small rooms on a quiet stretch of Clark Street, this storefront is modest and warm, with hardwood floors, stretched cloth-covered light fixtures, and walls painted in textured green and cheerful yellow. Relaxed foursomes and couples on dates settle in at close tables, popping open beers and bottles of wine, while two chefs slice maki and nigiri behind the 12-seat sushi bar.
The menu is varied, with a couple dozen nigiri and maki selections, plus good-value bento box combinations and cooked plates. Appetizer highlights include lightly battered shrimp and veggie tempura; steamed shrimp dumplings with katsu sauce; and a can't-miss ponzu-dressed seaweed salad with shredded king crab meat. Nigiri fans can go for fresh raw salmon, yellowtail, fatty tuna and more, but specialty maki are king here, with spider, spicy tuna and the Andersonville (shrimp, eel, cream cheese, avocado, cucumber, tobiko) among the favorites.
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