Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electric sockets, rational scientists know the utensils are better used for electrifying sushi consumption. Today's Groupon gives you the right tools for authentic eats: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale Asian cuisine and sushi at Imperia.
The skills of executive chef Tatsu Aikawa culminates in a refined, innovative menu marked by an eclectic array of delectable Asian dishes. Once situated in a darkly elegant leather chair or a stretch booth, customers can begin their meal with a smoked-squid salad fortified with Japanese mountain veggies ($5.95) before snagging a small plate of chicken dumplings in a shiitake ginger broth ($8.95). If sushi sets pleasure centers into an electrifying frenzy, try the 4138, a specialty roll of tempura shrimp and avocado hiding like nautical criminals underneath seared tuna and salmon ($14.95), or select a five-piece helping of freshwater-eel sashimi ($12).
Inside, the restaurant’s palatial atmosphere seduces the eye with bold burgundies, olives, and ochres, tastefully exposed brickwork, and vivid artwork depicting a tattooed human body. Instead of slapping your whiny stomach with a spatula again, fill it with Imperia’s regal eats to gently silence its complaints and restore a healthy, happy glow to its face.
310 Colorado St.
Austin, Texas 78701