Sushi rolls, like gifts, usually come wrapped and can get a mailman fired when they appear in a mailbox three months after a birthday. Enjoy life's finer wrapped things on time with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of sushi, tapas, and Japanese fusion cuisine at Hana Matsuri in Westminster.
The chefs at Hana Matsuri lay fresh seafood onto beds of rice in 28 nigiri and sashimi rolls and combine Japanese-fusion flavors into a menagerie of tapas and meat and vegetarian entrees. At the sushi bar, chopsticks grab spicy tuna rolls ($5.50), vegetarian eggplant rolls ($4), and rolls from unsuspecting neighbors’ plates. Lunchtime patrons welcome udon bowls of shrimp and vegetable tempura ($7), and dinner guests feast on tapas plates of beef carpaccio ($9) and golden mussels ($7) harvested from underwater treasure chests.
In order to consistently impress guests, the chefs at Hana Matsuri work closely with fish markets to procure the freshest seafood for their sashimi, nigiri, and maki creations. Once their grocery baskets are filled, they head to the kitchen to start rolling rice around interesting ingredient combinations such as the Hamachi Orange roll's mix of spicy shredded yellowtail, orange wedges, masago, jalapeño, and mango sauce. Beyond the sushi bar, the chefs create an array of hotter Japanese dishes—including steaming udon soups and teriyaki meats—for lunch and dinner.