Before sushi proved how delightful rolled-up food could be, fish had been served folded over and rice woven into a basket. Today's Groupon celebrates the marriage of flavor and form: for $19, you get $40 worth of Asian-fusion cuisine and drinks at Hayashi Sushi Bar and Grill in Cedar Park.
Named Hill Country News' 2010 Best International Cuisine, Hayashi concocts innovative sushi and sashimi platters ($18.95–25.95), seafood entrees ($11–$38.95), and tempura ice creams using only fresh ingredients. Owner and executive chef Lin Cheng, the winner of Austin's 2009 Asia Food Fest Iron Chef –style competition, takes pride in crafting a variety of homemade sauces to complement signature appetizers such as the chilean sea bass ($15), with sauteed spinach and a mango-miso sauce. Post-sushification, diners can relax at the full bar while taking in the latest episode of diabolical Japanese game shows such as Blindfold Mountain or Which Box Holds the Fire Ants? on one of the two projection-screen TVs.