Finding a space with dim lighting (the more flattering to be seen by) and a low level of noise (the better to hear your date by) can be difficult in the bastion of packed-silly spots that flood the Gold Coast. Tsunami, tucked safely off the State Street strip, provides just such a restaurant experience.
Two separate dining rooms come color-coded: the "bronze room," best for groups, offers linen-topped tables enclosed in golden-hued walls. For a more intimate setting, score a booth in the dark-hued "red room." Or cozy up in the upstairs sake lounge, a space full of plush furniture and walls made of Japanese screens. Finally, if you like to watch the sushi chefs rollin' their magic concoctions, grab one of about 10 seats next to the sushi bar.
On the menu look for with-frills appetizers like the tuna tataki (shitake mushrooms, asparagus tips and seaweed with sesame oil and teriyaki) and asparagus beef rolls served with teriyaki glaze, both around $9. Maki selections have your favorites covered, sided by more adventurous creations to tempt the daring diner: Look for the Q-Maki, a no-rice blend of shrimp, scallops and kani kama with spicy sauce.
Average cost: $21-$30
Centerstage Reviewer: Jennifer Berg