If you're tired of the same old family restaurant, treat
yourself and your kids to a fun night out at SUSHISAMBA Rio. Definitely more than the "raw
fish" my sons feared, this hip spot on Wells Street offers a fusion
of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisines. So sashimi and
ceviches are mixed in with skewers of grilled meat and fruit.
Chef de Cuisine, Dan Tucker, is himself the father of a toddler
and understands the challenges inherent in enjoying a night out
downtown. He is conscious of keeping the restaurant's food not only
fresh and delicious for adult customers, but colorful and palatable
The kids-only bento boxes (complete with child-friendly
chopsticks) offer layers of food discoveries, including new
presentations of purple potatoes and corn, along with the all-time
favorite, food on a stick. My sons tried maki rolls for the first
time, with mixed results. While my 9-year-old loved dipping them in
his own dish of soy sauce, his younger brother didn't care for the
As first-time customers, we were heavily dependent on our server
to guide us through the menu choices. She was extremely friendly
and knowledgeable in figuring out appealing options. I decided on a
variety of (cooked) appetizers and was completely wowed by the mini
lobster and beef tacos with spicy dipping sauce. My husband went
"all in" with the night's special samba rolls, a completely raw
entrée, and really enjoyed the flavors and textures.
While my husband and I were too full for dessert, our sons loved
their samba sundaes (part of the kids' meals) with their great
presentation of tiny brownies, milk shakes and ice cream.
SUSHISAMBA is becoming an increasingly popular family
destination for early weekend dinners, so you may want to make a
reservation. Also, ask about the Sunday brunch with special kids'
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
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