Mizu Japanese Steakhouse
I finally decided to try the Japanese steakhouse close to my place. In general, I try to be open minded and give places a fair shot but for some reason, I never thought to try Mizu Japanese Steakhouse. I would receive coupons for this place and I’d drive past it fairly often. The ultimate reason I finally decided to go, was because one of my friends said it was good. Alright, let’s give it a go, I suppose.
Mizu is conveniently located across the Loop, next to Best Buy. The huge ad banner stood tall in front of the establishment. This place sure loves to do advertisements. I walk inside, greeted by the host. So far, it smells good in here, everything looks clean, I think I might be pleasantly surprised. After I get seated, I’m waiting for my server. Waitng… and waiting.. As I wait, I look around the interior. It’s actually much more spacious than I had realized. I do like the interior, it’s got a nice warm feel to it. There’s the dining area, sushi bar and the hibachi tables. Ah! He finally arrives, seems like a nice fellow although perhaps a bit frazzled? The kind of frazzled where you’ve been running around and need a breather. It’s a Friday, not going to let it bother me.
The menu is fairly extensive, nothing really interesting strikes out, the typical fare expected at a Japanese steakhouse. Same goes for the sushi menu. I ended getting the Maki combo which consists of 1 California roll, 1 spicy salmon roll, 1 tuna roll. When you order this combo, it comes with salad and Miso soup. Or so they say. I have had my fair share of Miso soup and I received Mushroom soup. I’m not complaining, just stating it’s not what’s listed on the menu. I enjoyed the soup, warm and flavorful. Next up, was the salad. Iceberg lettuce, 1 cherry tomato and some carrots. The dressing was definitely mayonnaise based and it was a creamy citrus-like sweet dressing. And yes, let’s not forget the water at the bottom of my salad. Good thing I wasn’t really trying to eat that much salad anyways.
Well, I’m not going to let some watery salad ruin my experience! My maki combo comes out and what’s this orange thing? Ah, a palm tree made from a carrot and some parsley on top. How cute? It’s nice to have some garnishes but this one threw me off. Hmm… Presentation is ok, I suppose. Flavors were alright. Nothing to write home about, aside from my carrot tree. Perhaps it’s just that culinary school side of me, but garnishes are suppose to have a purpose.
Since I’m a glutton, I ordered a hibachi dinner. The chicken, steak, and shrimp. Honestly, I’ve been to enough Japanese steakhouses that I wasn’t interested in watching the little show. I’m all about the food! Let me tell you, they sure don’t shortchange you on food. Wow, my plate was filled to the max. Unfortunately, the flavors weren’t all there. I absolutely love shrimp but this was on the verge of being overcooked. You know when it’s a bit too firm? Sigh, boy do I love me some shrimp but this… was pushing it for me. Also, the steak which I ordered medium well was just well done. All the proteins (the chicken, shrimp, steak) was pretty much on the overdone side. The “special white sauce” was very a little extra on the liquid side. The vegetables were fair. On a random note, the zucchini was peeled.
Is it bad that my favorite part of the meal were my noodles and rice? The noodles were garlicky, my rice was seasoned well. Needless to say, I definitely got my carbs in this evening.
So final thoughts on this place? I probably won’t ever go back here UNLESS I’m just being super lazy and I don’t want to travel far. Overall, just stick to Kobé Japanese Steakhouse.