Menus provide diners with a manageable amount of meal options to choose from, ensuring that their overwrought brains don’t end up ordering a plate of seared ketchup. Select from a curated collection of meals with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi and Japanese fare at Nozumi in South Barrington.
Nozumi, an OpenTable Diner’s Choice restaurant, ornaments tables with small, shareable plates of fusion-style Japanese dishes chosen from five menus. Chefs thinly slice yellowtail carpaccio to intermingle with slivers of jalapeño and cilantro ($14), and lemongrass chicken ($17) squeals under splashes of yuzu cream, teriyaki glaze, and grilled asparagus. Signature sushi rolls transcend traditional recipes with hints of international flavor, as exemplified by the Kokoro sunrise, a blend of citrus-scented snow crab, salmon, and mango chutney ($15). The ceviche roll ($10), with calamari and shrimp cooked in tart lime juice, does the salsa with pico de gallo and avocado, and soy-ginseng braised short rib dunks udon noodles and green onion in soy broth ($14).
Nozumi’s culinary team of world travelers turns to seasonally available ingredients and their own global palates to create innovative Japanese cuisine. While seated at a high-top table beneath a hushed lighting fixture or nestled in a cushy booth, diners can choose shareable plates from five tapas-style menus or entrust their selections to the chef, who employs a fresh selection of seafood to furl signature sushi rolls such as Rinjin Dragon, packed with shrimp tempura, fresh-water eel, and veggies drizzled in spicy mayo. Non-sushi entrees include grilled tiger shrimp and seared day-boat scallops swimming in creamy basil sauce and fettuccine noodles, and a tuna sandwich anchored by seasoned yellow-fin steak and coleslaw. Guests can also set up shop at the sushi bar or reserve the private Tatami room, designed to accommodate 8–10 people or one very large secret.
100 W Higgins Rd.
South Barrington, Illinois 60010