Like Olympic athletes, fish are known for their synchronized swimming and high jumping. Taste the secret to their success with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi, sashimi, and drinks at Nana Sushi. Choose between the downtown Norfolk and northern Suffolk locations.
Nana Sushi sates curious taste buds with 30 signature sushi rolls and an extensive selection of sake. The Tiger roll—second runner-up in the _Virginian-Pilot'_s 2008 taste test—thrills with a three-ring circus of spicy and regular tuna, high-flying salmon, and sword-swallowing whitefish ($13). Diners discover new facial expressions with the OMG roll—seared tuna, salmon, and eel teamed with avocado, tempura flakes, and two sauces ($12)—using them to woo the Tokyo Love Story, a coy combo of shrimp tempura, lobster salad, mango, and asparagus in sweet milk sauce ($13). Dinner sashimi bento boxes feature seven choice cuts of fish with soup, seaweed salad, and more ($20), and at lunchtime, five pieces of sushi ($9) sing for patrons’ palates. The smoked-salmon sashimi ($5 for two pieces) electrifies tongue-eels so they can charge spent smartphones at record speeds.
Grapefruit cosmos ($9) are a sweet and sour addition to the more than 20 varieties of sake, including the cool, aromatic Mizbasho Ginjo ($12) and the premium Katana Ginjo Extra Dry ($8). The unfiltered Ozeki Nigori ($10) swaddles palates in a creamy blanket of flavor, and the Pink Hana-Awaka ($12) awakens sleepy taste buds with a bevy of bubbles.
In order to fully relish the Nana Sushi dining experience, one must first sit back and admire the artistic presentation of his or her roll, then quickly resolve to devour it. Behind the sushi bar, chefs add colorful swirls of sauces to plates of freshly rolled maki, such as the spicy mango lobster roll, which is wrapped in pink soy paper before being surrounded by a ring of liquid hearts. The menu includes more than 20 of these specialty rolls, each with an appearance as special as a fireworks show viewed from outer space. In the kitchen, chefs sear scallops, shrimp, and teriyaki-glazed salmon across a blazing grill as well as sauté chicken and pineapple with mounds of fried rice.