Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electric sockets, rational scientists know the utensils are better used for electrifying sushi consumption. Today's Groupon gives you the right tools for authentic eats: for $10, you get $22 worth of Asian fare at RICE: Asian Fusion Cuisine And Sushi Bar on State Street. This Groupon is not valid for happy hour sushi.
The extensive menu at RICE is packed with treats and may call for model-UN-level decision-making skills. For starters, sample some speared chicken satay with tangy peanut sauce ($6) or juicy pot stickers ($5). Savory Thai curries infuse hungry bellies with a healthy dose of warmth and spiciness ($11–$14). Numerous fusion dishes include the walnut shrimp served in a creamy honey sauce with rice ($13). The sushi experts at RICE roll out platters of traditional sushi such as the spicy tuna roll with avocado ($7) along with an expansive list of special sushi such as the mango-tango roll made with unagi, bell peppers, and cucumber, and topped with avocado, mango, and unagi sauce ($11).
Enjoy your meal in RICE's spacious, chic dining room, which features contemporary lighting and traditional artwork, or saddle up to the sushi bar to watch your meal fold and unfold before your eyes. Hydration options include imported wine ($4–$7 a glass), premium sake ($6–$8), and flavorful teas ($2).
Rice: Asian Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar
Lacquered tables lit by sunlight from expansive windows gleam in Rice's modern dining room. Spicy aromas waft in from the kitchen, foretelling the arrival of entrees that blend the culinary traditions of Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. Some of these flavors meld within the dishes themselves: combining grilled steak, asparagus, and eel sauce, the Cowboy sushi roll melts away boundaries between East and West, much like a blast furnace full of old compasses. But chefs also cook traditional Asian recipes, such as a Thai curry with coconut milk or Japanese udon noodles with tempura shrimp. And they're accommodating of other diets, too. Several vegetarian dishes incorporate soy chicken substitute, whose tender texture pleased the writer of a 2009 In This Week review.