Once mastered, chopsticks are the most manageable eating utensils, unlike forks, which get mangled in the dishwasher, or fingers, which get lost in the mouths of teething sock puppets. Eat easily with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi, tempura, noodles, and drinks at Hikari Japanese Restaurant.
The artful chefs of Hikari sate cravings for pan-Asian fare, teppan yaki dinners, sushi, and noodles with a tempting sushi menu and main menu. Meals begin with a luscious crisp as patrons bite into deep-fried oysters ($8), salmon nachos ($7), or daintily fried tofu ($4). For a main, beef teriyaki teppan yaki dinners arrive chaperoned by veggies, miso soup, salad, and rice ($14), and tempura udon noodles lay the foundation for an oligarchy of tempura shrimp and vegetables in a savoury broth ($9). Sushi-roll options include the sashimi dinner, a party of a whopping 16 slices of fresh sashimi ($19), and the Bakudan roll's spicy tuna complemented by tempura crumbs that crunch with the acoustics of an egg falling from a third-storey window ($6).
Amongst Hikari's sleek confines of wood floors, delicate, translucent drapes, and patterned Japanese wallpaper, patrons eat at long wooden tables flanked by floor seats or at traditional table-clothed tables. Equipped with a full bar and a fine-wine list, diners can also pick the right fermented grape juice to quench their insatiable thirst for juicy knowledge ($5).
Hikari Japanese Restaurant
Though Hikari Japanese Restaurant's traditional wooden tables rise only a foot or so off the floor, patrons don't have to kneel or sit cross-legged as they dine. Instead, under each table, a space recessed into the "floor"—which is actually a raised platform—lets feet dangle as legless chairs support backs. The ingenuity of this design, intended to make Japanese-style dining more comfortable for Westerners, is reflected in the creativity of Hikari's main menu, which features pan-Asian small plates such as tempura-fried squid and barbecue short ribs. Fresh ingredients such as fatty tuna and quail eggs make appearances in sushi specialty rolls sprinkled with extras such as house sauce and tempura flakes. Waiters also fill glasses from a full bar, a fine wine list, and a selection of hot or cold sake.