For years, European navigators searched for a direct route to Asia's tasty cuisine, eventually burrowing through the earth and accidentally rediscovering Luxembourg. Blaze a path toward savory satisfaction with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Japanese–style noodles at Hokkaido Noodle House.
Hokkaido Noodle House's head chef, Wei Zhang, who draws culinary inspiration from the traditions of Japan's northernmost island, prepares an exotic menu of tender noodles dishes. Ten distinct noodle dishes ($7.75 for a regular; $8.95 for a large) scatter flavorful broths with colorful combinations of vegetables, seafood, and pork, with starchy tendrils floating throughout or knotted into edible lanyards. Diners can supplement the soupy selections with seared skewers of chicken ($4.95), okra ($2.95), or shrimp ($3.45) or sample one of the expertly seasoned curries ($6.95–$7.95) drizzled over a hillock of white rice. A selection of imported beers ($3.50–$6) and hot sake ($3.95 for a small; $5.95 for a large) keep guests hydrated before they gravitate to the nearest garden hose. While shoveling in artfully crafted entrees, diners can feast their eyes on the dining room's intimate setting with wooden floors, mottled yellow walls, and bamboo accents.
Hokkaido Noodle House
Hokkaido Noodle House takes both its name and its nuanced cuisine from Japan’s northernmost island. The menu evokes the island’s mix of ice-cold waters and lush, green lands with fresh seafood and farm meats glazed with sauces or folded into soups, curries, or origami cranes. Chef and owner Wei Zhang's areas of food-constructing expertise also includes ramen noodles, bento boxes, and donburi.