Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electric sockets, rational scientists know the utensils are better used for sushi consumption. Today's Groupon gives you the right tools for authentic eats: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Japanese eats at Sakura Japanese Steakhouse.
Sakura dishes out up sumptuous sushi rolls and sizzling hibachi fare inside a modern dining space. Jumpstart grumbling tummies with a taste bud-tingling appetizer, such as pork gyoza dumplings, encased in a doughy cocoon and delicately pan fried ($6). While soup slurpers cleanse palates with mouthwatering miso spoonfuls ($2), sushi minimalists can savor fresh slabs of salmon sashimi ($2.75 per piece). Signature rolls satiate cylindrical mouth holes vis-à-vis tuna-topped rainbow rolls ($9) and soft-shell-crab-stuffed spider rolls ($8). Treat well-behaving tummies to filet mignon and lobster hibachi ($29) or indulge meatless yearnings with sizzling veggies ($13) as wide-eyed diners gather 'round the grill to watch hibachi chefs doubly defy mothers by playing with fire and their food. Hibachi dinner entrees are accompanied by a shrimp appetizer, soup, vegetable, and fried rice, and all meals can be paired with lively libations from the drink menu. Souse sweltering tongues with a frosty Sapporo beer ($4 for 12 oz.) or splash faces with a bucket of soy sauce to cool down after a hot meal.
Sakura Japanese Steakhouse
The multitalented chefs at Sakura Japanese Steakhouse emphasize quality ingredients and artful presentation in each and every dish. The traditional Japanese dining room features a central hibachi grill that sears vegetables, steak, and seafood in an inferno of sizzling oils and bright yellow flames. Sakura’s more coolheaded sushi chefs swirl hand and specialty rolls—crafted from shrimp tempura, softshell crab, and salmon—behind chilled cases of fresh fish. Indecisive diners can request omakase meals, assortments of seasonal dishes handpicked by the chef to showcase culinary skill and an ability to match meals to wallpaper swatches.