It was a chilly Sunday evening. My wife and I had just come from a long day of working at a trade show nearby and wanted something light but filling. We had a Groupon to receive $40 worth of food at the Triad Sushi Lounge in Chicago’s South Loop so we felt like it might be worth a try. I would classify us as “beginner foodies”. We get out when we can given we have two children and we’re always willing to try new places and new cultures. We’ve been to a few of Chicago’s sushi places before and this was our first time here.
My wife ordered the Ika Fry which is fried calamari and I ordered the Asparagus Beef Rolls. Being married of course we tried each other’s plates. Her hesitation prior to ordering was that the calamari would be too chewy as we find at most places; this was no different. She felt that the calamari was chewy and that the batter lacked taste. It wasn’t terrible but not quite what she was hoping for. My take on it was that it was ok; not perfect or great, but just ok. My beef asparagus rolls, however, were drowned in teriyaki sauce. Literally it was like they were swimming in a plate of teriyaki sauce. Again, this appetizer was just ok. For $10, I was hoping for more than just “ok.” The ratio of beef to asparagus was great, to say the least. I am a meat-eater so I’m not complaining about the ratio…but I definitely thought the teriyaki sauce was the deal-breaker for me.
I had the Rock N’ Roll Maki (shrimp, scallops, tuna, crab with spicy mayo), my wife had the Kirin Maki (unagi, salmon skin with sweet mayo). Again, neither were anything to write home about or shout down the street about. They were “ok.” My problem is that whenever I go to a sushi place I’m expecting “wow.” I think about the creative aspects of sushi, especially for the price point, I think about location, I think about experience, etc.
I thought the customer service was good. I felt like the waitstaff were attentive to us. We were seated right away, our water glasses were refilled at a good rate, we weren’t brushed off for bigger parties…I felt like we had adequate attention for our experience. When we left everyone we passed thanked us for coming, when I paid the bill they thanked us for coming (even with a coupon we were thanked). Overall, the service was good.
It feels like a simple neighborhood sushi place. Not a place that will got city-level notoriety but if you live in or near the South Loop area and have a taste for sushi, you won’t have to go far to get it. I’m often seeing deals for them on Groupon so that’s always an incentive as well given the food was ok. I don’t think I’d pay full-price for it, however. I’d go again if someone gave me a coupon or if I wanted to give it another try, otherwise I’ll keep hunting for the sushi place that makes me say “wow.”