A marriage between two cuisines is preferable to a marriage between two clones of Sylvester Stallone, a process that eventually results in a baby reared on raw egg and meat punching bags. Savor a simpler fusion with today's deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of East-meets-West fusion cuisine and sake at Gari Japanese Fusion in Brookline. This Groupon is not valid for lunch specials or from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Gari Japanese Fusion, which earned Best of Citysearch in 2009, blends Japanese fare with contemporary European and American cookery. The restaurant takes its name from the Japanese word for pickled ginger, but its unique gastronomical innovations beg for equally inventive nomenclature such as Japameropean, Ameuropanese, or tasterical. Familiar starters, such as shumai and agedashi tofu ($6 each), mingle with hybrids such as the Caribbean phyllo-crusted prawns ($9). Look for an extensive wine, beer, and sake list (sake flavors include raspberry, plum and coconut-lemongrass) as well as a broad maki menu. Choice rolls from the chef's specialty selection include the black diamond ($12.25). For folks more comfortable eating their starch, protein, and vegetable un-rolled, Western-leaning entrees such as the grilled chicken present a familiar format ($18).
Each Gari Japanese Fusion dish comes imaginatively plated for a feast for the eyes, mouth, and tiny royal court seated in the stomach. The owners have continued the creativity by decorating the narrow space with an artful black-and-white palette. The polished, blacktopped sushi stage provides a sleek centerpiece, and the ambient electronic music, pulsing lights, and chic washroom build on the sexy vibe that seduces diners into tap dancing on manhole covers late into the night.
The Boston Phoenix, Boston magazine, and the Boston Globe featured Gari Japanese Fusion. Citysearchers gave Gari Japanese Fusion a “Best of Citysearch” award in numerous categories for 2009. CityVoters awarded the restaurant “Best Sushi” for 2007. Yelpers give the restaurant an average of four stars.
- I like it when someone orders these simple dishes because they test the basics of the kitchen, which, in a sushi restaurant, always come down to the quality of the sushi rice and the seriousness of the chef. Chef Huang doesn’t neglect basic maki and rolls them tightly. Plus, the rice is fresh and sweet. – Robert Nadeau, Boston Phoenix
Patrons at Gari Fusion snag sleek metallic seats in a modern, trendy space. Beneath the undulating canopy of a black-and-white sushi bar, chefs slice and chop fresh sushi and sashimi, including specialty rolls with names such as Black Pearl, Lady in Red, and Crazy Monkey. Cooked dishes such as stir-fried noodles, teriyaki, and tempura imbue meals with sweet and tangy flavors. Fusion fare such as tuna carpaccio rounds out meals with piquant spices and insightful commentary on international affairs.