Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electric sockets, rational scientists know that the utensils are better used for electrifying sushi consumption. Today's Groupon gives you the right tools for authentic eats: for $15, you get $30 worth of traditional sushi rolls and Japanese cuisine at Kanpai Japanese Restaurant, located in Arlington. This Groupon is valid for dine-in only and is only valid for redemption during dinner Monday–Friday (5 p.m.–10:30 p.m.) or during lunch (noon–2:30 p.m.) or dinner (5 p.m.–10:30 p.m.) on Saturday.
Kanpai serves up a menu of jaw-pleasing Japanese fare, with fresh, face-filling sushi, seafood, and more. Silence the profane rants of your hunger with a starter of crisply fried soft-shell crab ($10.50) or goldenly fried age tofu ($5.50), topped with bonito flakes and served with ginger sauce. Devotees of classic sushi stylings can rejoice with a la carte rolls ($2.95–$6.95, tuna specialties at market price), and udonoholics can get their nabeyaki fix with ease by spooning with the hot, thick udon flour-noodle soup, containing chicken, fish cake, and spinach and topped with shrimp tempura and egg ($10.75). Teriyaki is available in a variety of delicious disguises, including the scallop teriyaki ($17.95), broiled to exquisite, voluptuous, mouth-melting perfection with specialty-blended teriyaki sauce and served with miso soup and salad.
Relax by the koi pond outside Kanpai and reflect on the Zen-like delight and bitter irony of watching and eating fish at the same time, or adjust your 10-liter hat to the side, lean against the sushi bar, and wait for the tuna sheriff to ride into town so you can eat him, too. Call ahead to make a reservation.
Kanpai Japanese Restaurant
Kanpai Japanese Restaurant encourages diners to raise their glasses over platefuls of fresh sushi and traditional Japanese entrees. Inside the restaurant—which takes its name from a word that means “cheers!” —patrons gather around the sushi bar and watch as chefs set pieces of yellowtail, white tuna, and smoked salmon over rice and slice up various specialty rolls. Meanwhile, the wait staff carries salmon and chicken teriyaki from the grill to dining room tables both indoors and out. Throughout meals, patrons can sip wine and sake, or kick back with a bottle of Japanese beer.