The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature “uncooked” flavor. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of gourmet Japanese fare at Kenobi Restaurant and Sushi Bar on Research Boulevard. This Groupon is not valid during happy hour or for Monday madness.
Kenobi provides a diverse menu of authentic Japanese cuisine in a beautiful dining environment. Myriad "tasting" portions of succulent dishes such as lobster gyoza dumplings ($8), made with lobster, shrimp, goat cheese, and unagi sauce, deliciously preface the entree chapters. Offerings such as the miso Chilean sea bass ($23) keep the edible pages turning. Artful creations such as the rib eye ($22) topped with grilled yakitori sauce, and served with wasabi mashed potatoes and spicy broccilini increase the anticipatory hunger thrill. Sushi dishes include combinations ($11–$17) or house specialty rolls such as the brandy ($9), made with shrimp tempura, smoked salmon, avocado, cream cheese, tempura crisp, unagi sauce, and toasted sesame. The Kobe beef ($13) is self-seared on a tableside hibachi, harkening back to the days when all food was prepared next to the dinner table and pillows were stuffed and sewn each night at the bedside.
Kenobi means "blooming flower" in Japanese, and true to form, Kenobi produces masterful dishes that are as artfully presented as they are tasty. Kenobi also means "extremely helpful guru" in Star Wars–speak, and the restaurant's helpful staff will gladly recommend the perfect sushi and teriyaki combination to suit your percipient palate. Kenobi's understated modern exterior, with trees incorporated into the architecture, perfectly complements its proximity to the Arboretum, while the dark-wood-filled, creatively decorated interior exudes elegance.
This Groupon is not valid toward alcoholic beverages, per state law.
- In Kenobi's entrée world, all of the portions are generous, and the food is artistically plated. – Mick Vann, Austin Chronicle
- Kenobi earns points for adventurous entrées as well—shaved ribeye steak wrapped around avocado and Japanese yams, anyone? – Texas Monthly
- Great sushi, great wine, really good waitress, loved the whole atmosphere. – David Inkrott, Urbanspoon