Before serving sashimi raw, Japanese chefs experimented with platters of uncooked fish still swimming in fish bowls. Salivate over a stationary seafood sampling with today's Groupon to Izumi Japanese Sushi & Grill in West Lake Hills. Choose between two options:
• For $15, you get $30 worth of dinner fare, served weeknights after 4:30 p.m., and from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays.
• For $7, you get $15 worth of lunch fare.
Izumi Japanese Sushi & Grill's culinary creators slice and dice fresh ingredients into a cascade of colorful Japanese cuisines and specialty sushi rolls. The dinner menu packs each plate full of traditional Japanese delicacies such as the panko-crusted chicken katsu ($12.95), accompanied by a minstrel of barbecue-sauce singers and a sticky harp of steamed rice. Sift through a rainbow of sushi combo entrees ($8.95+) on the lunch menu, which allows each eater to mix and match from a preselected list of seaweed-wrapped cylinders from the selection of sushi rolls, such as the california roll or the Tropic roll. Bursts of vibrant avocado and spontaneously combusting crabmeat explode from the firecracker roll ($13.95), and the spicy-tuna and tempura-shrimp toppings extinguish taste-bud brush fires. Afternoon warriors can also snatch up a bento box brimming with your choice of entree, two gyozas, vegetable tempura, and two three-piece rolls ($9.95+). Izumi rounds out its enticing menu with salads, soups, and sashimi.
Pulsating from the Village at Westlake Shopping Center, Izumi's intimate setting of Japanese décor coddles red walls painted with cherry-blossom murals and lit by sleek paper lanterns. The Asian inspiration adds to the cozy atmosphere highlighted by the staffer's friendly demeanor and use of tableside magic tricks.
The chefs at Izumi Sushi craft hot and uncooked entrees with the goal of introducing new diners to the comforting flavors of traditional Japanese cuisine. Papery lanterns create a warm, intimate atmosphere as they cast golden light on panko-breaded pork or red-snapper katsu and bowls of stir-fried yakisoba noodles tangled around vegetables and chicken. A wooden fish hangs from the wall behind the sushi bar as chefs assemble elaborate rolls including the Firecracker, a crunchy combination of crabmeat and shrimp tempura topped with spicy tuna and house sauce. The decor adds to the peaceful experience, with blossoming cherry trees painted on the walls, a rustic wooden booth and sushi bar, and plates made out of old Pure Moods CDs.
West Lake Hills
701 S Capital of Texas Hwy.
West Lake Hills, Texas 78746