Rolls of sushi combine fresh, healthy fare with portability, unlike industrial vats of Funyuns. Savor recently netted eats with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Japanese fare and drinks at Joto Japanese Restaurant.
Joto Japanese Restaurant's experienced chefs expedite entree construction, swiftly crowding plates with fresh sushi, sashimi, and other Asian eats. Eyes sift through a behemoth menu, narrowing down dinner choices to such unique eats as quail-egg sushi ($1/two pieces) or the Phil makimono, a roll of cream cheese, smoked salmon, and scallions cordoned into eight slivers ($5.50) or double helices upon request. The Fly to Hawaii specialty roll, cocooning a jumble of fried shrimp, avocado, coconut, and wasabi tobiko ($6.50), ferries taste buds to tropical culinary destinations. Forks or dexterous toes skirt around the sashimi box's sharp corners to wrangle sashimi, tempura, and a california roll ($16.95).
Inside Joto Japanese Restaurant, scarlet booths huddle together near a bamboo-trimmed fountain, flush with lantern light and a diminutive zoo populated by plastic critters. Traditional Japanese garb fills a display case, and a colorful painting depicts ancient rivalries coming to a head or a tween sleepover, depending on which angle you view it from.
Joto Japanese Restaurant
A samurai uniform stands proudly behind glass, welcoming patrons into Joto Japanese Restaurant. The suit's gleaming black mask reflects a sushi bar with a cerulean awning and seats the deep red of raw bluefin tuna. There, the hands of chefs flutter over such eclectic ingredients as pineapple, baked crab, and smelt, twisting them into rolls with names such as Fly to Hawaii, What Saapp, and Screaming Tuna. The wind tousles the leaves of potted plants on a small outdoor patio, where toasting glasses unleash the soft clinks of a xylophonist’s ghost.