Sushi is one of my favorite foods, and I'm always looking for new and creative sushi restaurants. Mozu Sushi of Glenview, Illinois is new, creative, and exceeds all of my expectations.
When I walked in, I immediately noticed that it had a real fun feeling to it. I spoke with the owner and she described it as contemporary and inventive. The colors were warm and inviting. I was also amazed that there was a pretty good crowd for a Monday ... I guess they all knew the food would be good.
Mozu Sushi takes what you would expect in a Japanese sushi restaurant and brings some traditional Korean influences. I could not help but notice Korean classics like kimchi and bulgogi mixed in with Japanese staples like tempura and sashimi.
We started our meal the traditional Japanese way. With a simple salad and miso soup. Next we had a spicy crispy tuna. The tuna sat on a bed of crispy rice which was nice because there was sweetness, creaminess, and crunchiness. There was a hint of spiciness from the jalapeño and there was a delicious pop of flavor from the caviar. It was so flavorful and was like a modern take on a spicy tuna roll. Our next dish was Sunomuno which had squid, surf clam, shrimp and octopus. This was very good because there was a fresh salad that had acidity that paired well with the seafood. Next was Nagasaki noodle. This contained shrimp, octopus, and assortment of veggies. This was a spicy dish, but was very tasty.
We had a playful take on sushi ... a big boat came sailing in! Full of sushi. The fish was delicious and fresh. Chef Hank says it is so fresh because they get fish deliveries three to four days a week. Our yacht had a Hawaiian roll, an assortment of nigiri and sashimi, and a California Roll. This restaurant is not you average sushi restaurant and is a must go for modern inventive Asian plates. Make sure you tell them Evan sent you ;)
Tip: It's located in a strip mall, so parking is easy. Make sure you get the Crispy Tuna Roll. It is amazing!
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