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 $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese fare and drinks at Ebisu Japanese Restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens. The cuisine purveyors at Ebisu craft a delectable medley of menu items amid a glowing, welcoming ambience sporting authentic Japanese décor. Warm up digestive muscles with an appetizer of yasaiitame—stir-fried vegetables—or yakitori chicken ($6.50 each). Then satiate salivating taste buds with a wholesome entree, such as the Hawaiian-style ahi tuna served with brown edamame, pesto rice, and vegetables ($19), or the grilled salmon and spinach soy vinaigrette ($20). Beverage options range from house sake ($4–$6) to Japanese beer ($4.25–$6) and Vietnamese coffee ($3), which pair well with servings of tempura desserts and mouthwatering, euphoria-inducing subpoenas.
Ebisu has a near-perfect 4.5-star average from six satisfied Yelpers:
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.