If humans are mostly made of water, and fish traditionally inhabit water, fish should naturally occur in the human body. Fix this gap in nature’s logic with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Asian fusion fare and drinks during lunch at Jasmine Restaurant. Lunch is served Monday–Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The sustenance sculptors at Jasmine Restaurant mix and mold fresh ingredients to order, uniting the distinctive flavors of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisines. Four tasty bento-box lunches form a perfectly geometric part of the lunch menu ($10.95), which also contains hearty midday slurpables and muchables such as Vietnamese pho ($7.95) and salmon with black-bean sauce ($11.95). A wine list of more than 50 red, white, and sparkling sips accentuates eating outings, and sake, beer, and specialty cocktails tiptoe down tongues in the ambient-lit lounge. The Pama-tini tickles palates with a mixture of Reyka vodka, pomegranate liqueur, Cointreau, and citrusy flavors ($9), and the Drunken Geisha, made with Harushika sake, Midori, and lychee juice, evokes the complicated disco dance moves popular in the Heian period ($7).
Jasmine Restaurant’s chefs cull culinary influences from different corners of Asia: the menu catalogs Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese recipes. From the Japanese portion of the menu they prepare sushi and sashimi, crafting specialty rolls such as the Jasmine stuffed with lobster claw, avocado, cucumber, and spicy mayo. They even add a little Latin flair by preparing the Samba roll with salmon, jalapeños, and mozzarella cheese. Along with the sushi, the kitchen team plates korean barbecue short ribs, pad thai, and charbroiled lemongrass chicken to round out the Asian fusion menu. Soothing music accompanies the soft clink of forks and knives as they slice into wok-cooked filet-mignon entrees in the recently renovated modern and chic dining area. There, wooden tables sit beneath hanging lights, and beaded curtains offer a jangly threshold to another dining area, a lounge, or a parallel universe in which Japanese food is all hamburgers.
3618 Concord Pike
Wilmington, Delaware 19803