The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature “uncooked” flavor. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of traditional Japanese entrées and sushi at Bonsai Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Greensboro.
Bonsai Japanese Restaurant offers up fast and fresh Japanese fare, with more than 100 menu items available for even the pickiest of palates. Fend off the rabid jaws of hunger with one of Bonsai's appetizers, such as gyoza ($4.95), crispy ginger shrimp wrapped in wontons ($7.95), or steamed edamame ($3.95). Sushi adorers can express love through lunching with the tuna-rolled tekka maki ($4) or the assorted fish filled rainbow roll ($8.45) which, when held in the right light, will unleash the electromagnetic spectrum's visible range. Fried or steamed rice, sweet carrots, and a shrimp, ginger, or mustard sauce accompany hibachi entrees, which include steak, pork, scallops, chicken, flounder, and other options.
Bonsai Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Working behind the sushi bar at Bonsai Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, the team of sushi chefs wraps up and arranges more than 100 types of flavorful opuses. Volcano rolls mimic a blooming flower, decorated with spirals of sauce and petals of ginger garnishes, whereas sushi and sashimi combinations adorn the tiny tiers of wooden boats. The components of the pieces are just as inventive as their presentation. For example, the Tornado roll—one of 29 maki specialties—cocoons spicy tuna, cream cheese, jalapeños, and pineapple inside a tempura shell.
The kitchen's hibachi chefs, on the other hand, appreciate the aesthetic of well-seared meat. They grill salmon, steak, scallops, and chicken as part of made-to-order, multi-course entrees, all of which arrive with ginger or mustard sauce, meant for spilling on shirts. The traditional Japanese meals match the spirit of the surrounding decor: colorful parasols, pictures, and even fabric kimonos hang from the walls, and paper lanterns cast a cozy glow over tabletops.