Once mastered, chopsticks are the most manageable eating utensils, unlike forks, which get mangled in the dishwasher, or fingers, which get lost in the mouths of teething sock puppets. Eat easily with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi and Japanese fare at Edokko in Lenexa.
The chefs at Edokko prepare an extensive menu of traditional, authentic Japanese fare. Step past a koi pond, a bamboo garden, and a miniature bullet train into the contemporary ambiance of the main dining room to enjoy hot hibachi-style entrees anchored by the likes of chicken ($14.95) or new york strip ($16.95). A granite sushi bar welcomes diners to dig into fresh selections such as the Edokko sashimi ($18.95), which hands out quartets of tuna, yellowtail, and salmon. The maki combo ($14.95) introduces a trio of tuna, salmon, and california rolls that perform haunting renditions of sea shanties, and bowls of shrimp tempura ($12.95) offer up a choice of udon, soba, or ramen noodles. Before visiting Edokko, tentative diners can check out its picture menu, an eye-pleasing exposition of the eatery’s ability to romance the appetite with deliciously appealing photos of food.
At Edokko, the fanfare of teppanyaki shows has been exchanged for the peace of a secluded bamboo forest—an ambiance bolstered by the stalks that grow near the entrance. As guests pass between the greenery and the clear surface of a koi pond, they enter into a gold-and-red dining room, where polished stones form mosaics of grappling sumo wrestlers on the walls. At the sushi bar, 18 seats line a granite countertop, allowing diners prime views of chefs as the chefs prepare maki rolls, nigiri, and sashimi.
It seems that a tabletop performance would only serve to disrupt the serenity of the restaurant, says a review in the Pitch, because "the food puts on its own show." Guests receive overtures in the form of detailed picture menus that stoke appetites more safely than jumper cables connected to bellybuttons. The traditional Japanese dishes range from teriyaki meats to noodle soups, and visitors can still order hibachi plates, but without the flashy routine. Specialty rolls such as the crab-and-mango roll or the rainbow-caviar roll collect fresh seafood in expertly wrapped rice and seaweed, and tempura desserts encase cheesecake, bananas, and ice cream in a crispy shell.