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 Japanese fare and drinks at Izumi Sushi and Teppan.
The agile sushi and grill chefs at Izumi Sushi and Teppan craft stylish plates of Japanese fare, shaping raw ingredients into elegant rolls or staging tableside cooking performances. As if planning a road trip to the human mouth, chefs command fresh meat or seafood and a four-piece california roll to share bento-box space with four pieces of tempura and steamed rice during lunch ($9.95+). Tongues can also juggle a creatively assembled range of nigiri sushi and maki rolls ($3.95+). While conducting leaping flames at a tableside grill, chefs simmer, flip, and toss marinated steak, chicken, or seafood with stir-fried vegetables and fried rice that form teppanyaki platters ($7.95+). Whether sitting down during lunch, dinner, or into late weekend hours, patrons can dine and discuss the odds that their fish came from Poseidon's personal pasture while seated at the eatery's communal wooden tables and surrounded by traditional paper-screen walls.
Izumi Sushi & Grill
Izumi Sushi & Grill treats visitors to a smorgasbord of noodles tangled around grilled chicken, seared albacore steaks touched with tangy ponzu sauce, and ocean-fresh pieces of sushi and sashimi. Inventive rolls come alive with touches of color from New Mexico green chilies, Japanese vegetables, and fresh salmon arranged in artful displays, such as an adorable boat-shaped dish or less adorable conversion van. More than a simple sushi bar, Izumi Sushi & Grill treats guests to a tantalizing lineup of udon bowls, donburi feasts, and tempura through lunch, dinner, and late into the night on weekends.
South San Pedro
5701 Gibson Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108