Sushi, like the archival footage of Mark McGwire's birth, is best known for its raw quality. Get attached to your food with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Japanese cuisine at Ikko Sushi in Silver Spring.
Ikko Sushi's menu bursts with 24 unique sushi rolls, generous combination platters, and noodle dishes, available during both lunch and dinner. Avocado hides among seaweed salad and cucumber spears within the Silver Spring roll ($4.99), and bright roe crowns circling eel and tuna in the signature Ikko roll ($13.99), paying homage to the age-old question, "Which came first, the egg or the chicken of the sea?" A deluxe sashimi and sushi combination platter ($37.99) rounds up eight pieces of sashimi, seven pieces of sushi, a california roll, and a tuna roll in a stampede to end hunger, aided by an included appetizer of miso soup, and sides of fruit and salad. Or for the sushi-shy, a shrimp tempura bowl ($12.99) smuggles the battered sea meats among a cargo of crispy vegetables and soy sauce for express delivery to the mouth.
Red paper lanterns dangle from the ceiling at Ikko Sushi, casting a warm glow on careful arrangements of colorful sushi. Displays of fresh fish line the sushi bar, where chefs assemble salmon, eel, and crab into kaleidoscopes of texture and color, adorning them with extravagant flourishes of spicy sauce, wasabi, and shredded Japanese currency. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, pots bubble with rice and noodles, as grills sizzle with teriyaki beef, chicken, and pork. Servers tote dishes and cups of imported beer and sake out to tabletops that speckle both the interior and outdoor front patio.
1215 E West Hwy.
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910