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 $20, you get $40 worth of sushi, Japanese cuisine, and drinks for dinner at Sumo Lounge.
Sumo Lounge's culinary savants wield seafood and succulent meats to craft the artistic sushi rolls and Japanese entrees that anchor their dinner menu. Six pieces of the signature dynamite roll ($8.30) refuel stomachs with smoked salmon, tempura prawns, and tobiko wrapped around more avocado than a botanist carries around for good luck. To compose the sukiyaki beef entree ($16), chefs toss 8 ounces of meat into a stir-fry pan, where the mouthwatering morsels swim alongside onions and mushrooms in a sea of teriyaki sauce. A deluxe assorted sushi platter ($21) lines plates with 14 seafood amalgamations including barbecue eel; the yokozuna love boat ($36) lives up to its name by prompting two eaters to rearrange its 43 sushi pieces into an edible sonnet. As dinners unfold, patrons can sip potables from a bar menu that boasts six signature cocktails ($8.50 each) such as the broken jade—a mixture of sour-apple liqueur, Absolut Citron vodka, tart lime juice, and citrus soda.
Sumo Lounge's meticulous chefs elevate sushi platters to high art with swirls of soy sauce and plumes of vibrant garnishes. Maki rolls stuffed with mango cream cheese or tempura-battered prawns complement simple slices of sashimi balanced atop beds of rice, and deluxe assorted sushi platters mingle salmon, octopus, and tuna belly. An arsenal of sizzling pans awaits orders of stir-fries and chicken katsu, tempered by cool sips of one of the bar's nine signature cocktails, such as the Sumo Caesar, a mixture of clamato juice, sake, and vodka named for Julius Caesar's stint as the Coliseum's top pro wrestler.