Sushi chefs carefully arrange circular objects in a glass display case, like jewelry-store clerks and the more scrupulous rare-donut collectors. Admire food under glass with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi, hibachi fare, and drinks at Sawa Japan in Lakeville.
The nimble chefs at Sawa Japan artfully arrange sushi platters and deftly roast meats over a hot hibachi to craft an extensive menu of traditional Japanese dishes. Grill gurus juggle tender chunks of the hibachi lobster tail over a hot flame before setting them down on diners' tables next to sides such as clear-broth onion soup, a ginger-drenched green salad, and a plate of applauding vegetables ($29.95). Alternatively, the seafood teriyaki brokers a pact between warring shrimp, scallop, and salmon clans ($21.95) for a union of savory seafood tastes, and nabe yaki udon hides lumps of crispy shrimp tempura in a forest of noodles flavored with a fishcake base ($15).
Sushi connoisseurs can also bow down before the mythological Dragon roll, which awes onlookers with its tower of toasted eel, cucumber, and avocado crowned with flying-fish eggs ($11.95). At the end of your meal, wash down sushi rolls and mangled Japanese phrases with a glass of Masumi ($6) or Haku ($6) sake.
Warm light and modern décor greet diners at Sawa Japan, and hibachi chefs dazzle diners with adroit teppanyaki-cooking showmanship. Lobster tail and filet mignon pirouette through the air and gently alight on an open hibachi grill. At the opposite end of the cooking spectrum, sushi chefs arrange raw morsels into dozens of à la carte sushi and signature-roll selections. Artful sushi presentations match the modern ambiance of the sushi bar, which extends into the dining area where soft music and large, airy windows evoke a peaceful climate.