While prehistoric cultures revered those who could catch food as heroes, they regarded those who could cook food as hero-dwarfing titan deities. Take your place in the prehistoric pantheon with today's Groupon: for $45, you can choose between a sushi-making class or a Thai cooking class (a $90 value) at Fuji Hana Sushi Bar & Grill and Thai Peppers in Kennesaw.
Specializing in Asian fare for more than a decade, Fuji Hana and its attached sister restaurant, Thai Peppers, draw hungry crowds with fresh sushi, spicy Thai favorites, and hibachi prowess. On weekends, the restaurants' chefs crack open their neck-top knowledge modules to share their culinary cunning via hands-on cooking classes. Each two- to three-hour class teaches students to build a menu that includes a soup, an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. Impress friends, coworkers, and nosy strangers with your mastery of miso soup, nigiri sushi, maki mono, or other possible inclusions to the Japanese class syllabus. Or opt for the Thai class, where you'll learn to prepare a menu that might include coconut chicken soup, satay, pad Thai, and other delicacies that have kept the country's ferocious but gluttonous dragons docile for centuries.
Classes top out at 20 people, and each class ends with students enjoying the fruits of their labors along with up to two beverages—including beer, sake, and nonalcoholic options. The classes generally produce a quantity of food too big to fit into 20 torso-cases at once, leaving a surplus that can be packed up and taken home.
- Love Fuji Hana- I seriously eat here once a week! The hibachi is the best around and they have many vegetarian options. The cooks will make sure YOU are happy and the waitresses are precious! – Katherine, Insider Pages
- Every time my fiancee and I have a free night, we head straight to Fuji Hanna! Their Hibachi grill is DELICIOUS! We CRAVE it! And the "Japanese ketchup" makes the rice even MORE delicious!! – lace05240, TripAdvisor
Fuji Hana & Thai Peppers
Generations-old Thai family recipes and established Japanese cooking techniques continue to inspire the cooks at Fuji Hana & Thai Peppers. Hibachi chefs man the dining room's six tabletop grills and sear entire orders of scallops or filet mignon right in front of transfixed guests. Hibachi-grilled lobster tail even makes its way onto the restaurant's sushi menu, which includes 12 specialty maki selections that attempt to elevate sushi with sriracha sauce, dried cranberries, or cleverly disguised helium balloons. The Thai menu items remain more grounded in familiar flavor combinations, such as spicy basil fried rice and panang curry with coconut milk and dried chilies.
The colorful cuisine stands in stark contrast to the deep, soothing earth tones that fill the dining room. Hand-laid mosaic tiles complement the dark leather booths, and a 31-foot oak bar surrounds the sushi chefs and bartenders as they dexterously assemble orders.