The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature “uncooked” flavor. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of authentic Japanese sushi and drinks at Haruki Express, located at 112 Waterman Street. This Groupon is good for dine-in or takeout.
The small College Hill takeout restaurant is an offshoot of Haruki East, a popular Japanese eatery in Providence. Haruki Express, a 2008 Best of Rhode Island Editors' Pick in Rhode Island Monthly, serves fresh made-to-order meals that are an alternative to the fast food of yesteryear. Scanning the extensive menu, maki lovers can choose the fresh spicy tekka ($5.50) or the cooked salmon skin ($3.95), and meat-eating tax attorneys can try out the beef gyu don ($5.95), thinly sliced beef and onion sautéed with soy sauce and served over rice. This deal is not good for delivery, but it can be used to taunt illusionist David Blaine with delicious sushi via remote-controlled helicopter as he dangles hungrily in a Plexiglas cube.
Though this Groupon is valid for menu items only, Haruki Express also has a small mini-mart stocked with Japanese specialties that can't be found in just any corner store. Standing quietly in its aisles, you may hear wasabi peas and pickled radishes whisper your name, steadily luring you closer and closer to the checkout line.
Not valid for grocery items.
- This is not the pre-packaged sushi that you find at your local market; everything--from spicy tuna rolls to unagi--is made to order. Be sure to check out the mini-pantry that stocks dried nori, spicy squid snacks, Asian gummies, udon noodles and bottles of Haruki's own (much beloved) sesame dressing. If only they had a drive-through, we'd never even have to put on pants. – Rhode Island Monthly