Chopstick masters are capable of amazing acts of dexterity, such as juggling rice and tuck-pointing a sandcastle one grain at a time. Boost your mitt fitness with today’s Groupon to Plum Tree Japanese Restaurant in New Canaan. Choose between the following options:
- For $17, you get $35 worth of Japanese fare for dinner.
- For $7, you get $15 worth of Japanese fare for lunch. <p>
Owner and chef Hiroyuki Nagata draws on 30 years of experience in the culinary business and the Nagoya fish market to sculpt a menu of fresh sushi, tempura, teriyaki, and hibachi fare. Seafood savants craft sushi all day, ranging from simple california rolls ($4.75) to complex spicy tuna, shrimp, and oshinko pickle concoctions, which are rolled in green caviar collected from especially envious fish ($10). At dinner, visitors can nibble on vegetable tempura, battered morsels of broccoli, kabocha, and sweet potato fried to a golden brown ($7.25), or sink jaws around hibachi-style filet mignon served on a sizzling iron plate ($22.95). During lunch, midday guests can unpack deluxe bento boxes, which flaunt a succulent parade of dumplings, noodles, and sushi rolls chaperoned by garden salad and miso soup ($15.95). Hot sake ($5.25) warms cold innards, and cocktails blended with plum liquor and fruit juice ($7) make blind dates between psychics and contributors to The Skeptic magazine a little more tolerable. Before they leave the restaurant, diners can stop and reflect on their meal while gazing into the decorative fishpond in the entryway.
Plum Tree Japanese Restaurant
A fishpond murmurs beside the entrance to Plum Tree Japanese Restaurant, where owner and head chef Hiroyuki "James" Nagata oversees his lunch and dinner recipes. Nagata, whose decades of culinary experience include a stint at one of the world's largest fish markets, rolls and slices sushi. His sushi creations include minced scallop sashimi and the Plum Tree Roll, whose medley of tuna and eel is crowned with a rainbow of roe. The recently renovated restaurant—in business for 20 years—sets an elegant scene, with walnut and cherry-wood floors, hand-painted wallpaper, and doorways arched like Shinto shrines. Outside, the patio’s waterfall emanates the pleasant sound of splashes, like a walrus playing in a flooded basement.