If humans are mostly made of water, and fish traditionally inhabit water, fish should naturally occur in the human body. Fix this gap in nature’s logic with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fresh Japanese fare, sushi, and sake at Banzai Sushi.
Traditional and creative concoctions peacefully coexist on Banzai Sushi's extensive dinner and sushi menus. Start the ascent into the sushi-dotted heavens with gyoza—a steamy, savory bundle of pan-fried pork and beef gifted neatly within a doughy dumpling wrapping ($4.50). The most popular rolls, and therefore the most likely to win prom queen, range from the straight forward Rock ‘n' Roll with salmon and cream cheese ($6.75) to the decadently flashy Mercedes roll, which has an interior of buttery scallops and deep-fried crab chauffeured by an exterior of shrimp and avocado ($9). As for unrolled eats, a variety of tempura, katsu, and hibachi entrees, such as the chicken and New York steak with stir fry ($13.75), is available.
Banzai Sushi's atmosphere exudes an intimate feel, containing eight tables, a sushi bar, and a palm-reading parakeet. Prevent a pre-meal wait by reserving a table for a party of four or more, especially on the busiest nights of the week—Friday, Saturday, and Hatterday, the only day dedicated to mandatory top-hat wearing.
Banzai Sushi's chefs award imaginative nicknames to the 100 distinct sushi rolls that earned the restaurant a top-five spot on ABC 7's A-List in 2011. The Nitros roll, baked in a blanket of spicy sauce, awakens taste buds with salty smelt roe and crunchy flecks of tempura, while Drum rolls keeps things fresh with tuna, lemon, and asparagus. For a hot meal, diners can tear into a hibachi-grilled meat or classic teriyaki entree, each available with a choice of salmon, chicken, or New York–style steak.