Before sushi proved how delightful rolled-up food could be, fish had been served folded over rice and woven into a basket. Unroll a tapestry of flavor with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of sushi and Japanese cuisine and two glasses of sake (a $5 value each) at 7015 Melrose (a $60 total value).
At 7015 Melrose (formerly known as Shunji's Japanese Cuisine), a team of culinary craftsmen prepare authentic, traditional sushi and sashimi alongside progressive Japanese cuisine and premier sake. Diners pause chopstick fencing duels to clasp pieces from the robust sushi menu, which includes rolls such as scallop ($5) and spicy tuna topped with albacore and crispy shallots ($15). Cooked comestibles from the dinner menu span from simple oyster tempura ($12 for four pieces) to the more gourmet sweet-shrimp tartar with black truffle and truffle oil ($28), which might inspire a past-life regression as a famed mushroom hunter. Paired patrons or thirsty solo sippers can escort meals to gastrointestinal glory with two special sake pours as they admire the restaurant's lofty wood ceilings and the angular yet sleek sushi bar.
More than two dozen aquatic delicacies are showcased on 7015 Melrose's menu of sashimi, hand rolls, and maki rolls. Seats along the sushi bar afford an up-close view of chefs expertly plucking lobster out of iced bins, slicing fresh salmon and Spanish mackerel, or gossiping in Morse code with short and long grains of rice. Upstairs, parties of up to 60 people can mingle and sink into the modern couches that line the bright banquet room.
7015 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90038