When deprived of flavorful sustenance, the mouth will often retaliate by shouting your bank-account number at sporting events or turning every sentence into a high-pitched jingle. Tame an unruly tongue with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Japanese fare at Sake Japanese Restaurant in Virginia Beach.
Sake tickles taste buds with a mountainous menu of artfully presented Japanese dishes. Amp up your appetite with starters such as lightly breaded scallop tempura ($6.95) or tuna tataki ($8.95). Creatively presented sushi rolls fill the cylindrical void in stomachs with options such as the vegetarian-friendly Farm roll, packed with lettuce, carrot, avocado, and cucumber and crowned with seaweed salad ($7.95), and a specialty cucumber-, tamago-, tuna-, and crab-padded Butterfly roll, reinforced with flying buttresses of shrimp and avocado ($9.95). Dive chopsticks first into a steak teriyaki dinner entree with white rice and steamed Asian vegetables ($14.95) or shrimp-, scallop-, and crab-laced seafood soba noodles ($12.95). Lunch specials, which run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, range from shrimp tempura served with soup and rice ($6.95) to customizable lunch-box meals ($6.95).
A wall of cherry blossoms peeks out from behind the sleek sushi counter as water flows serenely across a separate, much wetter wall. The restaurant's namesake sake selection keeps flowing when the eatery transforms into a dance club at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.