Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electric sockets, rational scientists know the utensils are better used for electrifying sushi consumption. Today's Groupon gives you the right tools for authentic eats: for $20, you get $40 worth of fresh sushi and soft drinks at Deep Sushi, located in Deep Ellum.
Amid a backdrop of majestic murals of Japanese warriors, Deep Sushi’s chefs uncover a treasure trove of classic fishy fare, splashed with creative specialty rolls. Poppable pieces range from the two-piece tofu inari ($4) to the hearty toro sashimi roll ($25 for five pieces), with plentiful favorites of six to eight pieces such as the avocado roll ($4.50), California roll ($5.50), spicy tuna roll ($7), and fresh-eel roll ($9) flavorfully filling in the blanks. Rhythmically nibble on the Rock n' Roll with eel, tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber, lettuce, and smelt eggs ($12.50) before heading to a neighborhood sock hop, or reheat the mouth after taste-testing ice cubes with the jalapeño roll, comprised of octopus, crab, jalapeño, avocado, and cucumber ($9). For less bite-sized fare and patrons unwilling to fully confront their ichthyophobia, Deep Sushi also serves a variety of teriyaki selections and beef dishes. Seafaring feasts end sweetly with a bowl of plum-wine ice cream ($3.95).
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.
2624 Elm St.
Dallas, Texas 75226