Ethnic Cuisine

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The world comes to Naperville through its diverse restaurants. Imagine a country and chances are you will find a restaurant that serves the food its citizens enjoy.

Shinto

Shinto is a Japanese steakhouse and sushi lounge in Naperville that has been providing west suburban residents the opportunity to enjoy Japanese hibachi-style cooking, as well as sushi cuisine, since 2009.

It is a privately-owned restaurant that has a sister restaurant in Strongsville, Ohio, and will soon have another sibling restaurant elsewhere in Naperville. The restaurants are owned by the same family, according to Branden Fatla, general manager of the Route 59 location.

The current Shinto site features four tables in a private dining area that seats up to 40, 14 other hibachi tables, a sushi lounge with 18 tables, a 26-seat bar with an additional four high-top tables surrounding it and a nine-seat sushi bar where you can watch the chefs roll sushi right in front of you, Fatla said.

“What sets us apart from the usual restaurant is that we offer wonderful meals, as well as entertainment,” Fatla said. “All of the food is made in front of your eyes and you get to interact with the cook who makes fun things like fiery onion volcanoes. It’s not just dinner here. It is a show, too.”

A meal at Shinto is great for everything from a romantic date to a fun family meal, Fatla said. “There is something to watch virtually the whole time, making it a great choice for all different types of groups.”

And it is fitting for any celebration, from a birthday to a wedding rehearsal, he added.

“Shinto, which means ‘the way of the Gods,’ features high-quality, fresh ingredients, an upbeat atmosphere and attentive service. Each guest means the world to us so we make sure that by the time the guest leaves, they feel as if they have ‘dined like the Gods,’” Fatla said.

Kiku Japanese Steak House and Sushi Lounge

Since 2005, Kiku has been redefining contemporary dining with unique interpretations of sushi, sashimi and hibachi creations. Their goal is to provide you and your guests with a culinary experience like no other because they believe that memorable moments are made when culinary presentation and flavors, ambience and conversation all come together.

In fact, Kiku was voted the “Best of Naperville 2017,” which is high praise, indeed.

In addition to offering incredible Japanese steakhouse experiences and meals, they offer amazing sushi creations like Monster Roll, Ocean Drive, Butterfly Roll and Spicy Tuna Crunch. In fact, Kiku has earned the coveted distinction of being one of the western suburbs’ best places to eat sushi.

And Kiku’s bar makes waiting for your table or relaxing after work a diversion you’ll look forward to, offering an extensive wine collection, traditional cocktails and sake.

You may choose between their expansive 15-hibachi table dining room, 60-seat sushi dining room or comfortable 16-seat lounge. Kiku also offers intimate private seating that can accommodate up to eight patrons for that special occasion or small business meeting. The secluded private suite can be reserved by calling ahead but a week’s prior notice is requested.

Radhika’s Kitchen

Radhika’s Kitchen opened in December 2016 and ever since the 50-seat establishment has been serving an enticing collection of traditional and contemporary dishes that represent various parts of India, served in a traditionally-decorated Indian environment.

With the vogue nature of Radhika’s Kitchen and the eclectic demographics and palettes of Naperville in mind, Radhika Bandla’s family set up shop on Naperville’s Restaurant Row, understanding that Naperville’s tourists and local food enthusiasts want high-level, white-glove food that is still affordable, urban and hits the spot.

The traditional, but classic menu, crafted by the chefs of Radhika’s Kitchen’s, serves exactly what customers are looking for – an innovative comfort food, according to Radhika.

“Our menu features freshly prepared authentic regional cuisine, made with carefully chosen and high quality ingredients. It incorporates delicacies from Hyderabad (India), Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and North Indian cuisines,” Radhika said.

Radhika’s Kitchen aims to provide its patrons with an enticing collection of traditional and contemporary dishes that represent various parts of India. Their menu features freshly prepared authentic regional cuisine made with carefully chosen and high quality, home-style ingredients. They are even 100 percent Zabiha Halal.

“The right mix of flavor and spices that are carefully crafted by our chefs will not only be a treat for your taste buds but also fill your heart with the warm fuzzy memory of a lip-smacking meal you had in India,” Radhika said.

Specialties include Eggplant Coconut Fry, Tawa Fish Fry, Chettinad Chicken Curry, Mutton Chukka Varuval, Kothu Parota (Veg/Egg/Chicken/Mutton) and Talapakattu Biryani (Chicken/Mutton), Vijayawada Special Biryani & Hyderabad Chicken Dum Biryani, Appam, Idiyappam, Bisi Bele Bath, Andhra Chicken Curry, as well as meals served on banana leaves in the traditional Indian style, various types of fried rice and Dosa.

In addition, every Thursday night is “Unlimited LIVE Dosa Night” and every Friday is “Unlimited Biryani Night.” Radhika’s Kitchen is also well known for the special sweets they prepare in honor of Indian festivals.

Radhika added, “At Radhika’s Kitchen, you are not a visitor, but rather family. We can serve you for lunch or supper and even host your gatherings and social affairs. Come join us for your next supper!”