by Catherine Zhang, originally on Cat the CriticMy friends Sarah and Bryant joined me on my food adventure as we traveled out of the suburb into the bustling city, stopping at a Japanese restaurant in downtown Chicago right next to Millenium Park.
We ordered 4 dishes for the three of us, each of us ended up having to pay ~$15.
At 2:30 on a cold, drizzly Saturday afternoon, the place had attracted a small crowd. It housed a variety of people, as I would expect…this place is smack dab in one of the busiest parts of town, Millenium Park. I have no doubt they get a bunch of tourists everyday craving sushi (holla).
The Thai Iced Coffee I ordered didn’t seem Thai to me at all. It was just iced coffee mixed with cream and sugar. For $2.50, I’m not sure it was worth it at all. It was delicious and rejuvenating, but I could have made it for far less.
Then we split all three entrees, which arrived ~7 minutes after our appetizer was brought to the table.
The menu itself offers lots of generic Japanese foods. The appetizers are pretty common (crab rangoon, gyoza, edamame, tempura), but I wish I’d tried the untraditional egg roll, because it comes stuffed with an Italian vegetable blend! Talk about fusion!
The salads sound interesting but way over-priced. $6.95 for lychee and cranberries? I might sooner be able to make it myself, for a fraction of the cost. They dressed lots of their salads with miso dressing, which is common, but not as common as the ginger dressing that every Japanese restaurant I’ve ate at so far has had. The miso-dressing in the bento box was potent but quite delicious. Props to you!
This place is a great place to go if you’re looking for somewhere to dine in, carry out, and have food delivered. It’s extremely conveniently located, and pretty inexpensive considering how much people near Millenium Park could charge.
Hot Woks Cool Sushi has four locations total; I visited:
30 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603