Fish is best enjoyed raw and wrapped in a roll, a culinary innovation inspired by the first kitchen fire, when chefs had to stop, drop, and roll up in a blanket of seaweed. Keep meals flame-free with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of contemporary Japanese fare and sushi at Arisu in Englishtown.
Arisu’s expert chefs sear, slice, wrap, and roll an extensive menu of artfully plated Japanese cuisine, serving dishes among the low lights and rich colors of the dining room. Reawaken palates with muttered incantations, incense, and pieces of white tuna à la carte ($5), or jump straight into succulent bites of the boneless beef short rib, marinated in a sweet soy sauce ($20). Mouths can cull sushi pieces from Arisu's yellow-accented bar, full of regular and special rolls such as the tempura-fried Arisu roll, home to eel, cucumber, shrimp, fried crab meat, and avocado ($13). Well-disguised diners can repeatedly betray each other over a double-agent roll, armed with cucumber, crab meat, and shrimp tempura, then topped by shrimp and avocado ($13), while miniatures enjoy options from the kids' menu, such as the chicken teriyaki box, served with salad, rice, veggie tempura, and ice cream ($10).
Arisu Japanese Cuisine
With its amber and red tones, bronze waterfall, and pebble stone accents, Arisu Japanese Cuisine immerses diners in an elegant, easygoing atmosphere. The restaurant's tranquil vibe reflects the meaning behind its name, "Great River," as well as the contemporary Japanese cuisine that it plates up daily. Upon sinking into Arisu's oversized banquet chairs, diners may fill up on an extensive menu that includes Japanese standards, such as sushi and sashimi, along with Korean barbecue ribs marinated in a sweet soy sauce and lobster teriyaki served with assorted veggies.
167 Rte. 9 S
Englishtown, New Jersey 07726Get Directions