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 projectile edibles with today’s Groupon: for $27, you get a sushi meal for two at Sansui Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Carmel (up to a $63.20 total value). The meal includes:
- Two appetizers (up to a $10.95 value each)
- Two salads or miso soups (a $1.95 value each)
- Two sushi rolls (up to a $13.95 value each)
- Two glasses of house wine, house sake, beer, or soda (up to a $4.75 value each)<p>
At Sansui, master chefs carefully slice ocean-fresh fish into artful creations to form a menu of classic and contemporary Japanese eats. After duos settle in at a private table or the black granite sushi bar, they warm up jaw muscles with a salad robed in house-made ginger dressing or fill up cheek reservoirs with hearty miso soup. The appetizer menu levies seafood bites, from the tako sunamono, where octopus soaks in Japanese vinegar sauce, to deep-fried scallops. Sansui’s sushi chefs swathe piscine fillings in sticky rice, creating such delicacies as the Spanish roll, which combines squid with onions and wasabi tobiko, or the batter-fried Rock ‘n’ Roll, which cradles an aquatic concert of eel, crab, and fish roe to entertains taste buds better than an edible Beethoven symphony. Pairs accompany bites with sips of house wine, sake, or imported Asian beers such as Sapporo and Kirin Ichiban while admiring Sansui’s floral accents and wall-mounted decorative fans.
Sansui Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Chefs have been slicing maki and sashimi behind the black-granite counter at Sansui Restaurant and Sushi Bar since 1994. Uniting down-home hospitality with a deep knowledge of Japanese fare, they answer guests' questions about the restaurant's dishes, which range from standard tempura and teriyaki to the more exotic tako sunamono appetizer, in which octopus soaks in a vinegar sauce. Servers transport these artful creations through an interior adorned with floral accents and wall-mounted decorative fans traditionally used to waft hunger-inducing food scents toward one's enemies. In the lobby, sunshine filtered through rice-paper screens alights on a tall potted bamboo plant as patrons carry out parcels of sushi-grade tuna, salmon, or yellowtail, which Sansui also sells by the pound. (Call in advance to place orders.)