Chanhassen Villager,Thursday,November 15,2012
By Unsic Zucge firstname.lastname@example.org
New downtown sushi bar provides tasty option for foodies
Chanhassen foodies have more options than ever.
Kai's Sushi & Grill is the newest edition to the restaurant scene in Chanhassen,adding to the cultural mix that includes Tian Jin for Chinese,Rey Azteca for Mexican,Pizzaioli for Italian,and Na's for Thai.While it's not exactly Eat Street,Chanhassen's downtown is getting there.
I think Chanhassen wants a sushi restaurant,Tho said,about his decision to open a month ago.Tho,an Eden Prairie resident,has been in the restaurant business for 20 years,working in New York City and most recently Las Vegas.
He and his wife Angela moved to Minnesota where they have family.He loves the area and thinks it's a great place to offer fresh,high quality and creative sushi. Kai's Sushi & Grill opened quietly just over a month ago in downtown Chanhassen,just a few doors down from Na's Thai Restaurant and next door to Pizzaioli.Tho looks forward to growing his business by offering not only traditional and imaginative sushi and sashimi but variations for those who prefer tempura and grilled steak and fish.
Tho's extensive restaurant background includes restaurants in Pennsylvania and New York City,and most recently,Tao Restaurant Las Vegas,a splashy,flashy destination restaurant and nightclub known for sushi,where a dinner tab for four averages around$600 Don't worry though.Tho's sushi is reasonable,ranging from $4.95 for salmon roll to $9.95 for the Four Musketeer Roll made with tuna,salmon,yellowtail,and eel.Special rolls like Black Dragon Roll and Angel Roll average between $14-16
Tho's brought a little bit of Las Vegas glamour to Chanhassen.He designed the restaurant's interior,a spare and elegant reinterpretation of traditional Chinese red and black decor with simple black leatherette chairs and tables.The inset ceiling lights provide a sophisticated atmosphere.A contemporart red lantern ceiling fixture resembles an inset jewel.A blood orange and gold Japanese kimono is a striking backdrop at the front counter.
Kai's menu includes sushi,sashimi,noodles,and hibachi grill specialties.The names of his special rolls reveal his Las Vegas influence:Passion Roll,Playboy Roll,Kiss N Love Roll,and Tropical Inferno Roll along with the more staid striped sea bass,sea urchin,flying fish roe and spicy tuna roll. The menu offers Japanese bento box lunches,sushi bar,and kitchen lunch specials.Hibachi dinners range from steak and chicken to seafood-salmon,lobster,lobster,shrimp and scallops.
It's an extensive menu.When asked what his favorite was,Tho smiled and went behind the sushi bar,deftly making a Playboy Roll,wrapped in aluminum foil and served flaming tableside.It was delicious.