Once mastered, chopsticks are the most manageable eating utensils, unlike forks, which get mangled in the dishwasher, or fingers, which get lost in the mouths of teething sock puppets. Eat easily with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Japanese and Asian-fusion cuisine at Sushi Fugu in Highland Village.
Vibrantly alive in rich umber tones and sleek black leather, Sushi Fugu is home to traditional Japanese and Asian-fusion hot entrees alongside a host of creative specialty rolls. Milton's epic battles are fought all over again in the angel roll ($13.95), where soothing, harp-strumming asparagus and crab mix contend against the infernal heat of spicy mayo, sriracha, and jalapeño chili. The bonzai roll ($13.95) bends preconceptions with a mix of spicy tuna, scallion, and strawberry, and the lobster roll ($17.95) sees crustacean tails laboring under a deluge of shrimp tempura and four sauces. A classic entree from the Land of the Rising Sun, the tonkatsu dinner's ($13.95) deep-fried pork cutlets bask before a pool of salty-sweet dressing, and the grilled Atlantic salmon ($19.95) rushes upstream against waves of garlic-oyster sauce. Finish up with a dessert such as the avant garde banana tempura ($5.95), which tickles the tongue like a tooth fairy practicing her sumo moves.
High-backed leather banquettes break up the smoked-salmon red expanse of Sushi Fugu's walls, which are gently illuminated by slender hanging lamps. Artwork peppers the walls, the abstract crimson swirls serving as a pleasant distraction from a meal, unlike an airplane copilot with uptight ideas about when it is appropriate to make a hoagie. Sleek wooden tables serve as a minimalist stage, where the food shines; platters showcase colorful sushi rolls and thin slices of super-white tuna and eel. Meanwhile, hot pan-Asian dishes emerge from the kitchen, where thai spices mingle with kebabs, thick udon noodles simmer in flavorful broths, and soy sauce dapples dumplings.