Unlike a backyard dunk contest, the delicate, nuanced taste of raw fish can be ruined by fire. Savor your fish flame-free with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of sushi and Japanese cuisine and drink at Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar in Naperville.
The experienced sushi rollers and grill masters at Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar wow even the most jaded taste buds with mouthwatering sushi and seared-meat delights, which beckon hungry stomachs from a robust menu. Seared white-tuna tataki ($11) excites appetites like an unmanned candy bowl excites adult trick-or-treaters. The Black Widow roll ($17) enchants tongues with soft-shell crab, shrimp tempura, and avocado, nestled together under spicy eel sauce, and more than a dozen sashimi options allow diners to sample the sea's bounty. Shinto's smokeless hibachi grills cook up more meat-centric bounties such as the chateaubriand steak ($32), which fills tummies with 9 ounces of USDA choice beef, aged 28 days.
The 8,400-square-foot restaurant melds energy and elegance, with soft lighting, an open, stainless-steel kitchen, and wood-paneled walls. A circular, Vegas-style bar serves up nearly 20 varieties of sake as well as an impressive selection of wines and beers. A traditional sushi bar bedecked with a glass encasement and sumptuous glass frame allows customers to watch their meals being prepared and repeat the chef's every move in elaborate pantomime.
Traditional Japanese recipes and cooking styles continue to inspire the chefs at Shinto Naperville. Mushrooming bursts of flame erupt from stainless-steel hibachis as they sear diners' orders tableside. In between shuffling platefuls of scallops or 28-day-aged filet mignon across the steaming surface, the chefs entertain their hungry audience by juggling utensils, tossing small pieces of food into guests' waiting mouths, and correctly guessing everyone's least favorite astrological sign. Measured doses of house-made teriyaki sauce or herb-infused butter lend even more flavor to the carefully caramelized entrees. Meanwhile, the chefs behind the sushi bar avoid grills entirely as they roll specialty maki with premium ingredients, including tempura lobster and jalapeño.