Raw fish, like snowballs, must be rolled with care before being thrown at a school superintendent for refusing to call a snow day. Enjoy well-crafted, conveniently projectile edibles with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi and Asian fare at Fugu's Sushi & Wok in La Jolla.
Bathed in the warm globe lights of Fugu's Sushi & Wok, diners sup on selections from a menu of artfully plated Japanese and Chinese cuisine. From a sushi bar, chefs sling creations such as the spicy tuna roll ($7) toward empty plates and the mouths of unaware snorers. Salmon teriyaki bento boxes arrive with rice, salad, california rolls, edamame, and miso soup ($13.95), and specialty rolls such as the Fugu's roll eschew traditional stuffing for a mélange of shrimp tempura, avocado, and soft-shell crab ($13.95). Diners wash down bites with sips of house sake or Japanese beer while they admire the blue waters of the aquarium, the dark wood of the tables, and the whispered confessions of the floral accents.
Fugu's Sushi & Wok
Exotic fish waggle their fins at passersby from their aquarium at Fugu's Sushi & Wok, daring visitors to experience the ocean with all five senses. Yellow lights bathe dark wood tables in warmth as guests dive into fresh sushi, sashimi, and other cool treats. From behind the sushi bar, a skilled chef rolls and chops 60 types of maki and nigiri, including yellowtail hand rolls and two-piece bites of squid and octopus. Specialty rolls arrive accented by ingredients such as avocado, chili sauce, and white or brown rice and radiate more color than a rainbow trapped in a gumball machine. Warm Chinese entrees such as walnut shrimp and cashew chicken brim with earthy flavors, which pair nicely with the restaurant's selection of sakes and crisp white wines.