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 projectable edibles with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Japanese cuisine at Sakari Sushi in Winter Park.
The nimble-fingered epicureans at Sakari Sushi, owned by the same team as Seito Sushi, slice, twist, and fry fine fare to forge a menu spilling over with more than 100 morsels of sushi, maki, and sashimi alongside authentic Japanese dishes. Diners stretch their hamstrings before diving into an appetizer of barbecue calamari ($7.50), and chopsticks clamp down gleefully on maki ($6–$18). Rolls ($3.95–$13.95) combine aquatic ingredients including crawfish, coconut shrimp, and spicy crab like an alchemist on a cruise. Waiters proudly present plates laden with steaming entrees including shrimp and vegetable tempura ($16.50) or arrive with the sleek sections of bento boxes ($18.25). Sakari Sushi’s sake selection parades both hot and cold bacchanalian beverages, and plum wine competes with Japanese beers for the tongue's spotlight as dining companions discuss their plans for making chopsticks replace feet as the primary unit of measurement.
Menu prices are subject to change.
If you vow to try a new piece of sushi, maki, or shasimi every month at Sakari Sushi, make sure you aren't moving any time in the next three years. That’s because the sushi chefs, who boast more than 40 years of combined experience, artfully plate more than 30 varieties. They assemble classic ingredients to create innovative combinations, such as the Mount Fuji roll with spicy crawfish coated in tempura flakes, the Mexican roll with shrimp tempura, cream cheese and jalapeno, and a California roll uniquely crowned with baked scallops.
Beyond the sushi bar, Sakari's culinary team prepares meats, seafood, and veggies in traditional style, such as tempura, teppan, and teriyaki. They even serve thinly sliced, marinated portions of pork or ribeye over a hot stone slab decked out with onions. Hot and cold sakes, imported Japanese beer, and an extensive wine selection complement meals, which unfold inside Sakari's hardwood dining room, as well as on an outdoor patio in the event of warm weather or an apocalyptic solar flare.