Japanese cuisine takes its visual inspiration from the natural world, designing sushi rolls, for instance, to perfectly mimic the sleeping bags where fish curl up each night. Dive into dreamy marine combinations with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a sushi-tasting platter at Latitude 43 in Gloucester (a $54 value). Platters can serve as dinner for two or as appetizers for four, and groups of more than six can use two Groupons per table. Each platter includes:
- One salmon roll (an $18 value)
- One Samurai tuna press box (a $15 value)
- One veggie harvest roll (a $13 value)
- One california crab roll (an $8 value)
Latitude 43's sushi-tasting platter beckons chopsticks to dive into a feast of fresh fish caught by local Gloucester fishermen. Salmon and wasabi goat cheese lie at the heart of the salmon roll, balanced by artistic flourishes of avocado, enoki mushrooms, and mango wrapped with daikon radish. In the Samurai press box, spicy tuna, tempura flakes, salsa, and micro greens perch neatly atop rectangles of rice, like the fancy lid on a Christmas gift filled only with packing peanuts. Latitude 43’s fishermen take a well-earned rest as diners sample a veggie harvest roll bursting with asparagus, avocado, shishito peppers, mangos, and mixed greens. California crab rolls traverse the West Coast, collecting palatable postcards of Alaskan snow crab, yuzu-teased aioli, cucumber, and avocado along the way.
Among the building’s many eco-friendly features, Latitude 43 boasts a locally sourced granite fireplace and reclaimed décor highlighted by the hull of a 36-foot Coast Guard rescue boat, complete with a 6-foot Coast Guard captain impersonator. Sushi artisans carefully layer nigiri beneath a 16-foot iron and glass octopus crafted by a local artist. Patrons can also swap stories with local sailors and kraken hunters in the adjoining Minglewood Tavern, where live musicians wrap their tentacles around instruments on most nights.
Though it overlooks Gloucester Harbor, where fishermen haul in the restaurant's supply of fresh fish and lobster, the dining room of Latitude 43 feels like it's underwater. The hull of a 36-foot Coast Guard rescue boat hangs overhead, a 16-foot iron-and-glass octopus sculpture wrought by a local iron artist dangles above the sushi bar, and a harbor mural painted by local artists enlivens the walls. The aromas of coastal cuisine waft through the oceanic interior, signaling the arrival of dishes such as grilled local swordfish, more than 17 sushi rolls, and a host of non-seafood entrees that can be prepared in gluten-free or vegetarians versions.
Because a strong ecosystem produces healthy fish, Latitude 43's restaurateurs do their part to ensure earth's well-being with their green facility. Recycled materials compose the tiles in the kitchen and around the sushi bar, and the deck's sunshades heat the dishwasher's hot water while shading guests from the sun’s deadly laser beams. An oceanfront patio hosts feasts in the summertime, while a fireplace made from locally sourced granite keeps diners cozy in the winter.