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 $20, you get $40 worth of Japanese-French fusion cuisine at Japone or the restaurant's upstairs dining area, Café Japone. Groupon users who redeem between December 26 and January 5 will receive a complimentary glass of champagne.
Japone's Japanese chef embraces the culinary techniques learned while studying in France to forge innovative fusion cuisine for both the intimate first-floor restaurant and the more informal café upstairs, which sports a sushi bar and serves a variety of traditional Japanese dishes. Chefs combine Eastern and Western influences by ladling an aromatic ginger-chardonnay sauce atop a bounty of broiled scallops, shrimp, and salmon ($15). The stuffed chicken Japone challenges taste buds to a game of gustatory tug-of-war between asparagus and teriyaki sauce ($12). Embracing more traditional French flavors, the goat-cheese-crusted rack of lamb arrives flanked by au gratin potatoes and sautéed fall vegetables ($20). Japone's sushi selection ranges from specialty rolls, such as the arizona roll with tempura shrimp and carrots ($9.25), to meticulously layered nigiri ($1.50+), which sate nautical cravings with bites of fresh salmon, fatty tuna, or sunken Spanish doubloons.
Japone's lounge area, Sango Sho, brims with fiber-optic lighting and a coral-reef-inspired ceiling to create an illusion of dining underwater without the need for full-body dryers. Toes keep tapping on weekend nights to the melodic stylings of local and international DJs.
Before guests to Japone—or its less-formal sister eatery, Café Japone, located upstairs—even take their first bites, they notice the restaurant’s unusually colorful environment: an attached lounge area dubbed Sango Sho surrounds patrons in oceanic hues and fiber-optic luminescence, and regular DJ performances keep toes moving so that they don’t get caught by a shark. Karaoke kicks off at 9:30 p.m. every night in both Japone and Café Japone, giving guests two places to show off their pipes on a continually updated list of the latest hit English, Japanese, and Spanish-language tracks.
To keep mouths happy, Japone's French-trained chef fuses Japanese and French flavors. Entrees include curried jumbo shrimp and scallops, plated with fresh veggies, japanese mushrooms, and a dollop of rice, while sushi specialties include the Arizona roll with shrimp tempura and carrot.