Raw fish, like snowballs, must be rolled with care before being thrown at a school superintendent for refusing to call a snow day. Enjoy well-crafted, conveniently projectile edibles with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Japanese dinner and nonalcoholic beverages at Kinado Sushi Bar in Richardson.
At Kinado, seafood savants integrate fresh ingredients and classic flavor combinations into a menu of sashimi, Japanese-inspired entrees, and specialty sushi rolls. Diners can dig into an appetizer of tangy jalapeño tempura ($12) before venturing onward to the beef-vegetable-stir-fry entree ($23), which introduces meat to broccoli, mushrooms, and asparagus without hosting a social mixer in a greenhouse. Sushi supporters can munch on the Royal roll, a soy-paper cylinder enclosing salmon and avocado and topped with white tuna and caviar ($22), or the Richardson roll, a mouthwatering mélange of tuna, fresh salmon yellowtail, and jalapeño ($20). Desserts include eclectic ice-cream flavors such as red bean or green tea ($4), which expand culinary horizons like road maps penned in hot-fudge sauce.
Kinado Sushi Bar
Led by chef Tam Huynh, who began his career at the ahead-of-the-curve sushi bar Royal Tokyo in the 1980s, Kinado's chefs roll ribbons of fish and vegetables into sheaths of seaweed and soy paper behind a glass-topped sushi bar. The resulting rolls "are both visually arresting and gastronomically tasty," D Magazine's SideDish reported soon after the restaurant's fall 2011 opening. Across the room, diners lean into tall-backed leather chairs as waiters ferry tempura-battered vegetables and noodles tossed with beef and seafood to window booths designed to make land-locked seagulls jealous. A bar bordered with glassy, black stone stocks wine, sake, and a coterie of specialty cocktails, such as the Salty Hound, an elixir of citrus and Saint Germain spiced with Hawaiian sea salt.