Utensils are extensions of the human hand, which is why chopsticks are also useful for tickling babies, and forks can be offered for shaking during friendly introductions. Plunge hand stand-ins into a freshly prepared meal with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Japanese fare and sushi and one large hot sake (a $7 value) at Aodake Sushi & Steak House (a $57 total value). This Groupon is valid in Darien and Romeoville.
The chefs at Aodake Sushi & Steak House conjure a traditional Japanese menu by firing meats over a hibachi grill and wrapping raw fish at the sushi bar. As diners toast meals with cups of hot sake, hibachi heat kisses vegetables, swordfish, or combinations such as lobster and new york strip steak ($10.95–$30.95). Each grill option comes dripping in marinades such as teriyaki, garlic and breadcrumbs, or hibachi with soy sauce, garlic, and butter. Chefs hand-roll specialty maki rolls such as the Godzilla roll, enveloping hunks of shrimp tempura, cream cheese, and avocado, like haikus written to Martian pen pals, in soy paper ($11.95). Chopsticks can also pluck traditional Japanese fare from the kitchen menu, snagging hunks of beef teriyaki as they sizzle on their plate ($16.95), or diving into nabe yaki udon, a noodle soup swimming with shrimp tempura, chicken, fish cakes, and eggs ($11.75).
Aodake Sushi & Steak House
Chefs at Aodake Sushi & Steak House dispatch sushi and hibachi-seared steaks beneath hanging lamps and glowing globes. Meat, vegetables, and seafood make for multicourse meals, and a variety of kitchen entrees bolster the thronged dinner menu. At the bar, more than 20 vodkas alchemize into a variety of martinis or blocks of pure gold.