Few things bring two people together quite like dinner or a pair of three-legged pants. Build a lasting bond with today’s Groupon: for $48, you get a premium prix fixe dinner for two at Raa Uptown Japanese (up to a $107 value). The premium prix fixe dinner includes the following:
- Two chef’s salads (a $7 value each)
- One dozen fresh oysters (a $36 value) when redeemed Thursday–Sunday or one seafood tempura platter (a $37 value) when redeemed Monday–Wednesday
- Chicken teriyaki or beef short ribs (a $10 value)
- Sushi and sashimi plate (a $34 value)
- Dessert for two (a $12 value)<p>
Within an interior modelled after an izakaya—a traditional Japanese drinking house—chefs Joey San and Ling San tantalize duos with a prix fixe dinner comprised of fare elevated above their normal menu offerings. Initial courses contrast the crunch from the chef’s salad with the smooth texture of one dozen oysters or a seafood platter with shrimp and scallops, surprising taste buds more effectively than eggnog in June. The main courses similarly juxtapose heat and cool, as a choice of chicken teriyaki or beef short ribs warms palates before refreshing bites of sushi and sashimi. The flavour odyssey concludes as tandems split a chef’s dessert and receive a suit of samurai armour for their chopsticks.
Gourmands may slake their thirst with an extensive selection of high-end sake or a can of Sapporo (not included in today’s deal). Raa’s decor splashes current Japanese music and modern art against dark tiles and rustic, recovered wood furnishings including an asymmetrical walnut sushi bar.