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Green Tea Japanese Restaurant
Posted by Annie on 10/25/2012
We didn't go there for the atmosphere but sitting at the counter watching them make our food was fun. There isn't much room in the place but the sushi was wonderful. It's so close to our apartment... we'll definitely be going back and takeout too!
Posted by anonymous on 10/13/2011
It is a great place for eating regular sushi. They don't have many choices for sushi but they are very affordable!
Posted by Bellarina on 10/20/2010
I fail to comprehend how anyone who loves sushi could either call Green Rea sushi cheap or bad quality. The upside of this ridiculous review and that of Meredith is I won't ever have to vie for space at green tea sushi with your likes. In short: green tea sushi is a treasure. The sushi is fresher than at any high profile joint and the value for the money , is outsntanding. If you don't believe me, the regular sight of the Japanese patrons who visit the restaurant and its amazing and kind sushi chefs should be ample proof that sushi connoisseurs appreciate Green Tea. Disparaging the quality of this unique artisanal little sushi place means you should probably continue to get your sushi either from 7 11 or Sushi Samba
Posted by anonymous on 06/29/2010
I went there once and all the sushi my friends and I ordered looked "flimsy." Turned out the rice was way over-cooked so it couldn't hold up the contents on top of each sushi, and the seaweed wrap could not hold the rice in. Yes the sushi seemed cheap, but I'd rather go somewhere else and pay a bit more for a *real* Japanese sushi.
Posted by anonymous on 03/01/2010
this is fantastic sushi at an affordable price. most of the sushi places ive been to in chicago, new york, and CA are more expensive and less good. ive been coming here weekly for years and have had only wonderful food, good service, and kindness from the hardworking owner and staff. meredith's review shows here s how to make yourself miserable at a great restaurant...with the nicest owner/staff. the owner has so much pride in his work which is why he was trying to replace that piece for you.
Posted by Meredith S/Rebecca J on 02/13/2010
The food here is good, but I'm giving the place ONE star because of a horrifying experience I had here this evening. I loved this place but I will never return. First of all, I travel all the way from the South Side. The first course came and it was fine. But my nigiri took at LEAST 30 minutes to come after I ordered it. The first piece of nigiri was good. The second still had a bit of that irridescent connective tissue attached to it, so I couldn't bite it. Now, I probably could have sawed through with my incisors if I wanted to, but that's unappetizing. Anyway, the waitress is very slow and I had already waited 30 minutes for two pieces of nigiri so I brought the intact piece with BITE MARKS - flipped over so he could see the offending tissue that was preventing me from tearing the fish - to the sushi bar and VERY politely and VERY quietly, practically in a whisper, asked the chef in charge (who is also the owner, come to find out!), for another piece because I couldn't bite it. Next thing I know, I hear him yelling for me to come back, saying he'd "never heard of such a thing in his life" and he "gave me the best part of the fish". Now, it may have been prime meat but it still had that tendon-type stuff attached to it so I couldn't enjoy it. So he tells me that I'm wrong. That I should come and pick out the part of the fish that I want. I tell him that whatever part is fine as long as he doesn't cut it so close to the skin that that happens again. He, again, tells me I am wrong, and sarcastically cuts me a super-thin piece. I tell him that I want to leave and just will take the check instead. So he yells at me in front of the whole restaurant. Then he MAKES me take the nigiri he cut despite the fact that I just asked for the check and he doesn't even hand it to me - I had to reach over and get the dish myself. I kept saying, "can we stop arguing please?", and he yelled "no!" and kept telling me that I was wrong and rude for asking for a new cut. All this over a $1.75 piece of nigiri.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/12/2009
been looking for great tasting affordable sushi... i know it's almost an oxymoron but i was on a quest. for a while matsuya was the ticket for the most affordable sushi. i hated the environment and had many issues with service. green tea's restaurant is clean, although very small and the service didn't bother me. the fish is extremely fresh and this place has become my regular spot.