For years, European navigators searched for a direct route to Asia’s tasty cuisine, eventually burrowing through the earth and accidentally rediscovering Luxembourg. Blaze a path toward savory satisfaction with today’s Groupon to Aikia Steakhouse in Swampscott. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese sushi and hibachi fare during dinner.
- For $30, you get $60 worth of Japanese sushi and hibachi fare during dinner for groups of six or more.</p>
Aikia Steakhouse transforms eating into a spectator sport, a feature praised by [Swampscott Patch](http://gr.pn/txIG00), with teppanyaki tables where diners take front-row seats as chefs chop and sear hibachi meals. Slicing knives flash through the air as the Ocean’s Treasure dish, including lobster tail, shrimp, and scallops ($34.95), or a simple veggie blend ($12.95) crackles like firecrackers enveloped in bubble wrap atop the table-adjacent grill. Kitchen entrees, such as garlic-basil new york steak stir-fried with peppers and zucchini ($13.99), sizzle behind the scenes. Culinary artists arrange cylinders of sushi and sashimi into aesthetic plates or edible sculptures of _The Thinker, dishing up the Angel roll ($13.95), which cradles crabstick crumbs inside layers of seared salmon and flying-fish roe seasoned with spicy aioli and a house sauce.
Private booths cut dining duos off from the world behind a shoji screen, and convivial diners converge around communal teppanyaki slabs or wooden tables. Patrons walk or sack race across hardwood floors ringed by bamboo shoots to the dining room or marble-topped bar.
Aikia Steakhouse's staff goes beyond providing food: the chefs make elegant presentation a core part of the dining experience. From arranging sushi rolls artfully on plates to sizzling hibachi entrees on teppanyaki tables right in front of customers, the team takes the doldrums out of dining without the use of motorcycles. Their menu catalogs 20 hibachi dinners, including filet mignon, 28 maki and hand rolls, and several lunch specials. The decor is as upscale as the culinary presentation, with rows of plants set against wood accents and shoji screens marking private tatami rooms.