Though it's been months since Japan split off from Texas to form its own archipelago and Beatles tribute band, the longhorn hunger for raw fish delicacies has never been more ravenous. Today's deal sates that hunger: for $10, you'll get $25 worth of sushi and drinks at Deep Sushi, Dallas Observer's pick for top fishy fare in Deep Ellum. Deep Sushi is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and for dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 5 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, and 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Deep Sushi's deep sushi menu includes standards like sashimi, as well as specialty rolls. Prices range from $4 tofu inari to a hearty sashimi roll at up to $25. For less bite-sized fare, Deep Sushi also serves a variety of teriyaki selections and beef dishes, including the Kobe One ($40), an 8-ounce steak grilled and dressed with special sauce, grilled veggies, and rice. If you're there for dinner, sharpen your mouth's sushi-sensors with a little chicken kara-age (crispy boneless bites of fried chicken, $6), or the soft shell crab ($9), a deep-fried dish served with spicy vinegar and soy sauce.
Majestic murals of Japanese warriors, a 25-foot sushi bar, and playful chefs acknowledging custom orders give the sushi shack a warm, inviting feel for sushi newbies and connoisseurs alike. After your usual gorging on gourmet fare and seasonal sweets, Deep Sushi's light, healthy cuisine will be a welcome wake-up call for stomachs—even stomachs in the most severe cupcake-induced food comas.
- Good sushi, good wine, good price!! – Jessica Grimes, Urbanspoon
- Solid dining experience. Good music. Wide selection of rolls and sashimi. Food tasted great and I left feeling satisfied. Would be a good date spot. – TheBoatEngineMakesNoise, Citysearch
- The food is to die for! I no longer have to order off the menu, I simply tell the waitor [sic] what I like or what I'm craving and they know exactly what to make. – argmedrano1, Citysearch
The likes of Harrison Ford, Chris Farley, and Troy Aikman have perched on Deep Sushi's seashell-shaped chairs, marveling at the extravagant rolls of sushi while sipping warm sake. Founded by a band of sushi devotees, the Japanese eatery folds ultrafresh fish into ornamental rolls described in a 1997 D Magazine review as both the "beautifully simple sea-fresh classics we've come to know and love" (think a crunchy california roll with cucumber) and "maverick inventions that smack of attitude." One such eccentric invention, the Pearl roll, surrounds its crawfish stuffing with cream cheese, avocado, and toppings of scallops and fried carrots. Decorative slices of jalapeño, swirls of sriracha, and bright circles of smelt egg have been known to top other sushi creations.
As the expert chefs lord over the sushi bar, teppanyaki masters bustle about the kitchen, sizzling up beef, chicken, and salmon on fiery teppan grills. Behind the bar, mixologists whip up drinks, favoring inventive drinks with names such as Geisha's Laugh and Tokyo Sunrise over old-fashioned cocktails with names such as Walter. In the dining room, guests savor final bites of plum-wine ice cream beneath the soft red light of lanterns hanging from the industrial ceiling. A vivid mural sweeps across the back wall, depicting fierce Japanese warriors and a graceful geisha and infusing a sense of tradition into the otherwise modern decor.