When two unique cuisines come together, it bonds their homelands, resulting in Gaelic-speaking pandas and Gregorian-chanted renditions of The Star Spangled Banner. Savor the fruits of edible diplomacy with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Japanese-French fusion cuisine at Japone or its casual upstairs counterpart, Café Japone.
Japone's master chef hails from Japan, but took a tasty trek to the French countryside for his culinary education, eventually fusing foreign fares to be served in the restaurant's elegant first-level eatery and casual second-story cafe. Racks of lamb dusted with goat cheese chase potatoes au gratin into a simmering meadow of fall veggies ($20). Garnish grins with swells of seafare surfing the sushi and sashimi combination platter, a dish as massive as a crustacean choir's vocal range; the aquatic platter touts two pieces of tuna, flounder, macrel, unagi, shrimp, surf clam, flying-fish roe, and a california or tuna roll ($18.50). The sultry sizzle of the New York strip steak slathered in cognac-cream peppercorn sauce serenades black-pepper embellishments ($19) and cozily wrapped shrimp tempura and carrots snuggle in the Arizona roll ($9.25).
Japone's vibrant ambience melts into the intimate oasis of Sango Sho, a luminous lounge bathed in the cerulean glow of dancing fiber-optic lights, oceanic accents, and a human-sized game of Simon Says. DJs regularly douse international eaters with their melodic stylings at the lustrous lagoon.
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.
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