The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Japanese fusion fare at One Bite Japanese Grill in Overland Park.
This modern, open-kitchened eatery fuses the traditional ingredients of Japanese cuisine with the small-plate dining style of Spain to grant patrons fun experiences perfectly suited to friendly sharing. Bite-sized singularities of savory joy include pan-fried pot stickers ($2+), golden-fried chicken wings ($7), and okonomi-yaki ($8.95+), which is the Japanese expression for "grill what you like." Okonomi-yaki are miniature batter omelettes mixed with a variety of ingredients and topped with sweet and creamy sauces. Often referred to as Japanese-style pizza, the diverse discs are sure to delight picky palates and narcissistic frisbees.
One Bite also offers a menu of entrees (most served à la carte or as combos), such as the teriyaki tasting sampler with chicken, pork, steak, shrimp, veggies, and rice ($14.99+). If you're a dinner diner, you can try the chicken chee, grilled and skewered bird topped with melted cheese and served over crunchy golden-fried somen noodles ($10.99+), or The Lollypop, featuring bacon-wrapped scallops in a creamy wasabi sauce with sautéed green beans and mushrooms ($15.99+).
One Bite Japanese Grill has been featured in the Pitch. Thirty-one Yelpers give One Bite Japanese Grill an average of four stars, and 10 TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes. Eighty-two percent of Urbanspooners like it.
To the Japanese, the words “sama zama” mean “variety.” But to a food critic from the Pitch, the unfamiliar phrase has become synonymous with “serious snacks.” That’s how she described the fare at Sama Zama, an eatery run by One Bite Japanese Grill's owner, Erika Koike. Perhaps the most intriguing of Erika's family recipes and culinary experiments is the okonomi yaki, a savory pancake often dubbed Japanese-style pizza. It consists of grilled dough crowned with the meat or veggies of your choice, a fried egg, sweet sauces, and crunchy noodles.
Exposed brick juts out from an orange accent wall in Sama Zama's Tokyo-inspired interior, which is splashed with circles and triangles that appear to move of their own volition under the light cast by bare bulbs and the baby suns tethered to the ceiling.