Openings

Hand Rolls and Hip Hop: A First Taste of Sushi-san

Hand Rolls and Hip Hop: A First Taste of Sushi-san

Jan 2, 2018

The wait is over – Sushi-san is officially open! From the team behind Ramen-san, it’s the latest in the Lettuce family and is definitely not your typical sushi joint. Sushi-san serves up fresh beats (a la ‘90s hip hop) with fresher fish in the form of crispy hand rolls, explosive nigiri bombs, pristine sashimi sets and more. Also on the menu: charcoal-roasted meats and vegetables, crunchy tempura and late-night yakisoba paired with the coldest Japanese beer in Chicago.

Sushi chef rolling a hand roll at sushi-san's hand roll bar

But let’s go back to those crispy hand rolls…

Also known as temaki-zushi, hand rolls are seasoned sushi rice, fish and vegetables wrapped up in crispy nori (seaweed). For the freshest sushi experience possible, it’s best to eat hand rolls as soon as they’re made since the nori begins to lose its crispness the moment the warm rice touches it.

sushi san chef cutting pristine fish

Sushi-san’s solution to achieving that perfect bite every time?

The “Let’s Roll” Menu – a unique and interactive experience that’s available only at the Hand Roll Bar – gives guests a choice of 3, 4 or 5 different rotating rolls ($18-27 per person). This is the best way to experience Sushi-san since it puts you within arms reach of master sushi chef Kaze Chan. Watch him in action and enjoy those rolls mere seconds after they’re made. Talk about fresh!

sushi chef cutting fish in black and white

The ingredient combos highlight the season’s best. Think: fatty tuna with fried garlic and pickled onions, for starters. Read on to see the various combos Sushi-san is currently serving up.

couple enjoying sushi san

Crunchy Fatty Tuna
This is the OG hand roll. Fatty tuna is mixed with fried garlic, pickled onion, negi (a type of Japanese green onion), tobanjan and tempura crunch, all sitting atop warm sushi rice and wrapped up in toasted nori, of course.

Negi Hamachi
Zesty and bright, this roll combines “undressed” hamachi with tart yuzu juice, green kosho chile pepper paste, negi and Serrano pepper.

Salmon Avocado
Just as the name implies, this is chopped raw salmon and avocado, wasabi tobiko and yuzu mayo.

Umami Scallop
Quickly becoming a fan favorite, this roll is slightly different since it’s served warm. Nori cloaks butter-roasted scallops tossed with tobanjan mayo and masago, sushi rice and tempura crunch. We dare you to have only one.

Toro Oshinko
A harmonious roll. The richness of fatty tuna is balanced with pickled Japanese vegetables like daikon and burdock root.

chef making his own sushi handroll at the bar

Hungry yet? Snag a reservation here for the main room or post up at the Hand Roll Bar (first come, first served).

Located at 63 W. Grand Ave. in River North, Sushi-san is open for dinner, late-night eating, and drinking. Be sure to check out sushisanrestaurant.com for more and follow along on Instagram at @therealsushisan.

good luck cat waiving


You May Also Like...

In The Restaurants
Where to Eat Lunch
Nov 10, 2018

For that one hour escape from your office, you want to make sure to make most of your lunch hour.…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Lettuce Life: Kaze Chan to Kaze-san – What it takes to become a Sushi Master
Sep 28, 2018

Here at Lettuce Life, we take a deeper look at the incredible talent that makes up Lettuce Entertain…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Late Night & Live Music with Lettuce
Sep 19, 2018

Night owls rejoice - select Lettuce restaurants and nightclubs offer everything from late-night food…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Food For Thought: What Our Chefs Cook Their Kids
Sep 12, 2018

School is back in session and our chefs are cookin' up a storm...but this time for the kiddos. We…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Lettuce Life: Alex Payne Takes Drawing on Menus to a Whole New Level
Aug 9, 2018

Lettuce Life takes you behind the scenes into the culture of Lettuce Entertain You, spotlighting the…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Dine Like A Star: Where All of the Lollapalooza Celebs Were Spotted
Aug 7, 2018

The Windy City lights up during Lollapalooza weekend, flooded with festival-goers and a flock of…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your Summer Ice Cream Checklist
Jul 19, 2018

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM...we all know the drill so let's get to the good stuff. July is National Ice…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Somm Picks: Top Bottles Under $50
Jun 26, 2018

Searching through wine lists can be a daunting task. Thumbing through dozens of pages filled with…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your New Go-To Lunch Spot is Sushi-san
May 25, 2018

If you work in River North, your lunch break just got a major upgrade with Sushi-san’s new lunch!…

read more >
In The Restaurants
James Beard Eats Week 2018
Apr 17, 2018

James Beard Eats Week is back! From April 27-May 7 show your support of aspiring Chicago culinary…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Trending Now: Matcha
Apr 10, 2018

For all those who are matcha obsessed our chefs and mixologists have incorporated this…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Trending Now: Emochi at Sushi-san
Feb 15, 2018

Sushi-san is now open in Chicago's River North and if you've checked Instagram lately you may be…

read more >
In The Restaurants
5 New Dishes to Try with Your $25 Holiday Bonus
Feb 12, 2018

If you received a $25 Holiday Bonus during the Lettuce Entertain You Gift Card Promotion, pick a…

read more >
Openings
Hand Rolls and Hip Hop: A First Taste of Sushi-san
Jan 2, 2018

The wait is over – Sushi-san is officially open! From the team behind Ramen-san, it’s the latest…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Welcome Our 2017 Newcomers
Dec 5, 2017

2017 is coming to a close, but we opened lots of new doors this year! Lettuce has welcomed newcomers…

read more >
Openings
Sushi-san: Coming Winter 2017
Oct 18, 2017

We've got some hot tea that needs spilling. The Ramen-san team is dropping River North's hottest…

read more >

Recent Posts

In The Restaurants
A Gift Guide for the Food Lover in Your Life
Nov 18, 2018

Whether a birthday, graduation or any other of the countless holidays, we're here to make selecting…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 16, 2018

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and everyone in-between. To celebrate this special…

read more >
How To
The Perfect Party Appetizers
Nov 15, 2018

A well-crafted appetizer is the perfect way to make sure your guests won't go hungry so you can…

read more >
How To
A Guide to Selecting the Perfect Thanksgiving Wines
Nov 15, 2018

Fact: wine stores are intimidating. More truth: we're here to help! We've tapped the minds of our…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your Thanksgiving Recipe Guide
Nov 15, 2018

Thanksgiving is the time to gather 'round the table and gobble up some scrumptious food. If you love…

read more >
In The Restaurants
$12 Burgers and Brews Wednesdays at Tokio Pub
Nov 14, 2018

Wednesdays just got a whole lot tastier with Tokio Pub's new Burgers & Brews! For just $12,…

read more >
How To
Recipe: Wildfire’s Cornbread Stuffing
Nov 14, 2018

This Thanksgiving, give your stuffing some southern influence with Wildfire's Cornbread Stuffing. To…

read more >
Openings
The Newest Wow Bao Location at 46 E. Chicago
Nov 14, 2018

Getting tired of your same old carry-out order? You're in luck! Wow Bao's newest, fully-automated…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Thanksgiving Eve and Black Friday Specials 2018
Nov 13, 2018

Do you have friends and family in town for the Thanksgiving weekend? Beyond Turkey Day, our…

read more >
How To
Recipe: Ema’s Pumpkin Hummus
Nov 12, 2018

Enjoy your favorite fall ingredient the Mediterranean way and make Ema's Pumpkin Hummus by Chef CJ…

read more >
How To
Recipe: Wildfire’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Hazelnuts
Nov 12, 2018

Wildfire's classic roasted Brussels sprouts is the perfect dish for any dinner table this fall.…

read more >
How To
8 Ways to Use Your Lettuce Gift Card This Holiday Season
Nov 11, 2018

Racking your brain for the perfect holiday gift? Here's an idea, how about a Lettuce Entertain You…

read more >
Lettuce Consulting Group

Grow Your Business

Learn More
Career Opportunities

Join Our Team

Search Jobs
Latest Articles

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Sign Up Now

Lettuce on Instagram

Checkout our feed @lettuceentertainyou!