The Lisle restaurant scene has gone Eastern with the addition of Tairyo, a Japanese steakhouse and sushi restaurant which opened on Feb. 7 to anxiously awaiting, Asian-food-deprived Lislites.
Tairyo offers your traditional Japanese steakhouse fare such as Hibachi Chicken, Lobster and Steak. My favorite was the Hibachi Filet Mignon, which I had prepared medium rare. The Hibachi menu, which is performed by a chef at your table, includes a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad and your choice of vegetable or chicken fried rice. The chicken fried rice stole the show.
Tairyo is a great place to bring the family. My younger children were memorized by the show of fire balls, shrimp tails flying and the onion volcano. The children’s menu offered generous portions, satisfying even bigger kids.
Tairyo also features a sushi bar with a traditional Japanese kaitan-zushi, or as we Americans sometimes call it, a sushi-go-round. Sushi offerings include your basic rolls, but also include some Tairyo specialties. I recommend the Lisle Roll, a maki style roll with tuna and scallops and a jalepeno crunch. If you like spicy sushi try the Spicy Tuna Vision Two. This roll is made with salmon and spicy tuna and served in a spicy ponzu sauce.
Tairyo stands out in the world of Japanese steakhouses due to it’s open, hip and decidedly Asian atmosphere. The friendly and knowledgeable staff were impressive, especially considering that the restaurant has only been open for a few weeks.
Whether it’s a night out for a special occasion or just a sushi lunch, Tairyo will have you saying Oishii (delicious)!
3099 Ogden Ave. 630-904-9888. Open for lunch and dinner seven days per week. Entrees: $15-$36.