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 $17, you get $35 worth of Japanese cuisine at Ebisu Japanese Restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens.
Ebisu challenges taste buds to a delicious wrestling match against the restaurant’s authentic Japanese cuisine. Kick off the meal with one of 33 appetizers, including gyoza—meat- and veggie-filled pan-fried dumplings—and garlicky deep-fried grouper fingers with ponzu sauce ($5 each). Entrees range from a 10-ounce teriyaki-grilled new york strip steak with spinach soba noodles ($20) to a sesame-seared, Hawaiian-style ahi tuna ($19). Those with a hankering for raw fixings can pick and choose from Ebisu’s extensive selection of authentic sushi, hand-rolled by authentic hands. Wash down the savory flavors of any meal with a tokkuri of the house sake ($4–$6), a bottle of Kirin Ichiban beer ($6), or a cup of Vietnamese iced coffee ($3)––all of which complement the sweet tones of tempura ice cream, tempura cheesecake, and tempura tableware.
Ebisu Japanese Restaurant
For more than two decades, Ebisu—named for the Japanese god of wealth and fortune—has fostered a passion for fresh seafood. According to the Palm Beach Post, chef Hiro Yamamoto infuses his traditional Japanese specialties with the local catches of the day, which are listed daily on a blackboard alongside several lines of I will not pretend to be avocado written by the wasabi in detention. Beneath the rustic, fish-print art dangling over the sushi bar, guests can watch the chefs as they bundle nigiri, maki, and temaki with fresh ingredients in classic arrangements. From the kitchen, plump udon and soba noodle soups join tempura veggies and teriyaki entrees as a steamy complement to the rice-rolled morsels. Guests savor the restaurant’s house sake or plum wine from wooden booths and floor-level tatami seating, which seems to ignite beneath scarlet walls and hanging paper lanterns.