Tsukasa of Tokyo
561 N Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-1593, (847) 816-8770

We tried Tsukasa the other day when we were out driving around and needed lunch. It’s hard to tell from the outside exactly what kind of restaurant it is (other than Japanese…you know, the name is pretty obvious). So we weren’t expecting it to be one of those Benihana-type places (the Florida equivalent being Arigato’s). Amazingly, a lot of the clientele were Asian. I mean, I like these type of places okay every now and then but I generally find them a little on the Asian-cheesy side.

This one is pretty classy inside. From their website I gather that it is a new location with over 10,000 square feet of space. It does feel pretty big when you are inside it. The decor is pretty understated but nice.

I had the chicken and shrimp and Tony had the steak and chicken. No complaints about the food but no stunning accolades either. The soup starter looked a bit better than it was, but it wasn’t bad. The chef was pretty quiet and didn’t do a lot of knife-flashing, but that could have been in response to the other people that were seated at the table with us. They were on a business lunch and pretty much chatted the whole time. There was one funny moment when the chef tossed some fake soy sauce on the one girl. She let out a yell and then did the little Japanese-girl-laughing-behind-the-hand thing. Kinda funny.

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