Though ineffective against Imperial stormtroopers, chopsticks make much safer eating utensils than unwieldy lightsaber forks. Learn the ways of the food force with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese fare and drinks at Barracuda Japanese Restaurant in Mountain View.
Using fresh, seasonal ingredients from local producers whenever possible, Barracuda specializes in a menu of fresh sushi and specialty rolls in addition to small plates, entrees, and noodle bowls. Satisfy a cyclone-strength stomach grumble with dinner starters such as lollipop scallops tempura wrapped with bacon and topped with potato purée, tobiko, and aioli ($9.95), or mini ceviche tacos with diced ahi tuna, lime-cured tilapia, and shrimp cradled in won-ton shells ($10.95). The entree roster sparkles with thinly sliced marinated rib eye and sautéed veggies ($16.95) and the sizzling grilled salmon drizzled in soy vinaigrette teriyaki, skilleted with sautéed vegetables ($14.95). If meat isn't diners' cup of meat, sushi specials such as the lightly torched Inferno scallop ($12.95) melts on tongues like buttery December snowflakes. Delve into an edible undersea kingdom with Barracuda's wide variety of vibrant specialty rolls, such as The Castro, a cornucopia of tobiko, mango, avocado, and shiso layered with tuna, salmon, hamachi, white tuna, and izumi tai ($12.95).
Barracuda boasts a modern and relaxed interior that mollycoddles patrons with loads of natural light and a warm ambiance. Commingle with locals over a potent potable, or bring along an entire chest of Russian nesting dolls to gobble up roll within roll within roll.
Barracuda Japanese Restaurant
Over the last five years, the chefs at Barracuda Japanese Restaurant have continually tinkered with their sushi, teriyaki, and noodle dishes, customizing the menu to fit each Barracuda location’s neighborhood and clientele. Using fresh fish and fruit sourced locally and sustainably whenever possible, the team crafts more than a dozen specialty rolls, including the Japanese Cowboy Roll, which matches crabmeat with mango, avocado, and thinly sliced Kobe beef. Staples such as chicken teriyaki rest side by side with more intricately prepared eats including pan-seared rib eye with mashed potatoes. Lit from underneath, the dining room’s dim orange walls surround potted plants and wooden tables that can accommodate groups of all sizes.