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“Sashimi Restaurant/Lounge Worthy of Downtown Chicago”
Review of Shakou St. Charles

Shakou St. Charles
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Ranked #11 of 186 Restaurants in Saint Charles
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
Description: Shakou St. Charles brings you an inviting atmosphere specializing in modern Asian Cuisine. You don’t want to miss the succulence, style and sophistication that is Shakou. The Shakou ninja warrior chefs, led by Executive Chef Sang Choi, have mastered the art of producing the menu’s tasteful innovations that offer something for everyone. Shakou uses only the freshest ingredients and top-quality seafood to produce traditional sashimi and specialty rolls. Shakou’s menu will satisfy sushi connoisseurs and novices alike. For the land-lover, Shakou offers contemporary versions of some Japanese classics including Teriyaki, Tempura and Katsu dishes. From the impressive wine and cocktail list, diverse dining selections and delectable desserts, everyone will be amazed with the dining experience at Shakou. Book your table today!
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Description: Shakou St. Charles brings you an inviting atmosphere specializing in modern Asian Cuisine. You don’t want to miss the succulence, style and sophistication that is Shakou. The Shakou ninja warrior chefs, led by Executive Chef Sang Choi, have mastered the art of producing the menu’s tasteful innovations that offer something for everyone. Shakou uses only the freshest ingredients and top-quality seafood to produce traditional sashimi and specialty rolls. Shakou’s menu will satisfy sushi connoisseurs and novices alike. For the land-lover, Shakou offers contemporary versions of some Japanese classics including Teriyaki, Tempura and Katsu dishes. From the impressive wine and cocktail list, diverse dining selections and delectable desserts, everyone will be amazed with the dining experience at Shakou. Book your table today!
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Occasion: 4 adults and 2 children (ages 5 and 8) for dinner on a Saturday night at 5:30 pm

Overall: GREAT location in Saint Charles. The vibe is downtown Chicago, and it definitely gets packed on a Saturday night. Being there early allowed us to enjoy a 2-hour dinner with small children. They do a good job of catering to children (special menu/drinks/chopsticks). Would NOT recommend children after 8 pm on a Saturday.

Service: Very good. Our drinks were refilled often and our server checked in with us frequently.

Food: Thoroughly enjoyed the Oyster Shooter w/Quail Egg, as well as the Uni Shooter. The Flaming Hamachi and Dragon Fire were the highlight rolls of the evening. We had boat of assorted sashimi and enjoyed it all (Escolar, Hamachi, Nama Sake, Fatty Tuna, Fatty Salmon, etc.). Very fresh. We skipped dessert to go for ice cream at a local dessert shop.

SKIP the Golden Lobster roll. It was bland... not bad, but hardly any flavor at all. We were sorely disappointed, especially because it was so expensive. NOT worth the price.

Ambiance: Downstairs has more traditional tables for dining, as well as a bar area. The upstairs also has a few traditional dining tables, but more lounge seating for those out on the scene to drink and nibble on items.

This is my 2nd time here and I will go whenever I'm in the area.

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Thank Michelle R
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

To be fair, I go to Japan quite a lot. Shakou is a facsimile of a Japanese sashimi joint. Its probably as good as you'll get in a twenty five mile circle.

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Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

I visited this restaurant for the first time and it was such a good experience! Although we didn't have a reservation they found us a place upstairs with no problems. The location and the service were perfect. We really enjoyed the sushi and the tempura as appetiser so I really recommend the crunch maki above all!

Thank Giorgia G
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

This is quiet far from traditional Japanese, so don't expect too much. However I found the quality of sashimi good and was satisfied to see that they used shiso leaves and daikon. The miso soup wasn't really tasty and quality of seaweeds and wasabi was so-so. The restaurant is very modern/ trendy.

Thank M D
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Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

One of the best sushi places I've been to. If you visit Shakou with a few friends make sure you order a boat, it offers different types of sushi at once and just to see the boat in the table is amazing.

staff is very friendly and kind, so the entire experience will be good.

Thank Omar J
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