Sushi Zushi, the home of the crazy scion delivery cars you see around, is a modern sushi joint over on Oak Lawn. It has been around for a while but I’ve only ever been there for lunch (and not liqud ones). I made it in for dinner and just missed happy hour, but our waiter still let my drinks slide as happy hour ones.
The drinks came snappily and gave us something to sip on while we poured over the menu … which is a novel. S.Z. offers almost 200 different rolls along with other non-fishy options … both for vegetarians and meatatarians.
We got through a whole drink before we decided what we wanted —- but had maaaaany questions. I am allergic to those silly, little orange fish eggs that are on some sushi rolls, so we made sure to ask which were OK for me. The waiter gave us suggestions and somehow we got a roll that was COVERED in the eggs. Not so well done, sir. They handled it well and got us another without the orange mosters and didn’t charge us for the replacement.
The sushi was good – nothing mind-blowing, but good. Make sure you pass on the fried skewer things … they weren’t worth the calories.
Now, back to the drinks. They were strong enough if we weren’t eating, but since we ate and drank, they didn’t have any effect. They offer a full bar, beer, wine, and sake. Their specialty cocktail list includes a cucumber sakitini, yuzu basil sakitini, southern heat, and stawberry ginger martini.
S.Z.’s atmosphere is modern with “unst unst” music playing in the restaurant and bird noises in the bathrooms. They have a large bar that looks prime for after-work drinks to rehash a rough meeting; but they don’t have TVs so don’t try to catch a game here. The coolest part of S.Z. is the large, shaded patio with bamboo walls; even though it faces the sun when it sets, it’s not too bright.
I won’t push my friends to head back here; I’d rather go somewhere with a cheaper menu.
Drink strength: 3
3858 Oak Lawn | (214)522-7253
Happy hour | Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.
$3 wells, drafts, and hot sake
$5 specialty cocktails and house wines
$7 other sakes