When the chefs on Chopped open up their baskets, you can’t help but lean forward. Out comes the eel, the peanut butter and the avocado, along with ingredients you can’t even pronounce. Just watching makes your tummy rumble for something exciting and new. But the worst part is when they’re done, you’re left on your couch with nothing fancy awaiting. Change this sad outcome with today’s Swoop: $25 for $50 worth of Japanese cuisine and sushi at Katakana & Koko Sushi Bar (a $50 value).
The extensive menu includes traditional Japanese dishes and modern twists on the classics. Revel in your favorite staples like the Caterpillar roll ($11) — a delectable combination of eel, tobiko, cucumber, tempura, spicy sauce and avocado slivers. If you’re feeling adventurous try Koko’s own Chicago Summer maki ($11) - a tempting taste of tuna, yellowtail, cilantro, avocado, green peppers, chili oil, spicy sauce and lime juice. Get your sushi á la carte or a platter of options. If traditional tempura is more your style, choose anything from tofu ($6.25) to shrimp ($7.15) to lobster ($13.50). Feel free to enjoy your meal in the intimate dining room — perfect for date nights — or thrive in the center of the sushi bar with upbeat music and flat screen TVs. Swoop in on today’s deal and don’t be afraid of opening your culinary basket.