Raw fish, like snowballs, must be rolled with care before being thrown at a school superintendent for refusing to call a snow day. Enjoy well-crafted, conveniently projectile edibles with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a private sushi-making package for two at Otani Sushi (a $110 value). The package includes:
- Private sushi-making lesson for two with chef Kazushige Honda (a $40 value each)
- $30 worth of sushi and Japanese fare<p>
Otani Sushi’s chef Kazushige Honda educates couples during fun and intimate private lessons, imparting students with the same skills used to forge the eatery’s menu of authentic sushi and Japanese fare. Chef Honda teaches basic sushi construction, leading twosomes through rice preparation, making rice balls for nigiri sushi, and how to build maki-style rolls without a ball-peen hammer. After spinning their favorite sushi roll, students can mosey to Otani Sushi’s spacious dining room to feast on flame-punched dishes such as sesame chicken ($12) and flounder dusted with flour and deep-fried whole ($17) or continue in the fresh-fish vein with the sashimi dinner’s three pieces of tuna and salmon, two pieces each of white fish and octopus, and one piece of clam sashimi served with a bowl of rice ($26).
Under the leadership of executive chef Kazushige Honda, Otani Sushi's culinary team crafts authentic Japanese fare, all highlighted on a massive menu of rolls, tempura, and teriyaki dishes. Guests can customize their own roll or feast upon sashimi, nigiri, or specialty sushi such as the Hard Rock roll, an amalgamation of shrimp, crab, and salmon. Cooks receive roll orders, along with hot entrees and starters, until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and up to 30 guests can enjoy soirees until 2 a.m. seven days a week in the soundproof private party room. There, from a selection of more than 100,000 songs in English and Japanese, visitors read lyrics whizzing by on 40-inch flat-screen TV, croon to their selected song, and shed a single tear at their own heartfelt performance. Otani Sushi also hosts karaoke sessions for the rest of its diners seven days a week.