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 $12, you get $25 worth of Japanese food and drinks at Koto Buki, located in Sylvania.
Koto Buki offers a trove of authentic, fresh Japanese fare within its extensive menu. Launch into dining with starters such as the asparagus beef maki ($6.50); the agedashi tofu ($5.50), deep-fried tofu cakes afloat in broth; or the seafood salad nobu-style ($8.95), which flips the ocean upside down and empties octopus, squid, shrimp, clams, and veggies into an egg sauce. Sushi can be plated by twos or threes, with savory stuffables such as white tuna, sweet shrimp, and scallop available for transport via chopstick. Koto Buki also offers a variety of specialty rolls, including the Joe Roll ($11.95), a mix of spicy crab, cucumber, and avocado topped with white tuna and salmon, and the New 007 Roll ($8.95), crafted with deep-fried spicy tuna, cream cheese, avocado, crab, and cucumber and made for your taste buds only. Finish off with mochi ice cream ($2.95), available in assorted flavors for your assorted sweet teeth.
Koto Buki's simple yet inviting interior features warm wood accents and walls reminiscent of rice-paper screens, a classic touch that will transport you back to childhoods spent in slow-motion Kurosawa action sequences. Drop into Koto Buki and chase the feeling of Zen with the fire of spicy tuna.
Koto Buki is closed on Sundays.
- But sushi-fancier or not, there's plenty to enjoy about Japanese food, as witnessed by the extensive menu at Kotobuki on Monroe Street in Sylvania. Yes, the names of the dishes are exotic - shumai, oyako-ju, and nabe yaki udon, to name a few - but Kotobuki provides extensive descriptions under each item, and most of them sound so appetizing, it's hard to decide what to order. Bill of Fare, Toledo Blade
- I love to come to Kotobuki! Not only do they have a large selection of rolls that are so delicious, they also have a friendly staff that's [sic] treat you like family! They remember their regulars and greet you by name! Whenever I have friends come into town, I bring them here. Now, they always ask to eat at Kotobuki at least once when they visit! – little miss bossy, Urbanspoon
Exposed wood beams and shoji-screen-like latticework re-create the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese house inside Koto Buki's dining room. The cuisine also keeps it authentic—udon noodles, curry rice, stir-fried veggies, and teriyaki sauce serve as the base for a choice of meats, and shy vegetables hide inside fried batter in tempura dinners. Like the butlers who prepare Richie Rich's Christmas gifts to his pet shark, chefs expertly slice and wrap dozens of sushi choices, from traditional slabs of sashimi on beds of rice to inventive specialty rolls with names such as Crazy Boy, Ninja, Vegas, and Kiss of Fire.
5577 Monroe St.
Sylvania, Ohio 43560Get Directions