The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature uncooked flavor. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese fare and drinks at Sushi Kuni.
Sushi Kuni's nimble-fingered chefs slice fresh ingredients into dozens of beautifully shaped rolls, specialty sashimi, crisp tempura, and sizzling teriyaki. The sunomono appetizer ($3.95) rounds up a posse of crab, shrimp, cucumber, and radish to let teeth know it's time for dinner before guests dip into some 29 specialty sushi rolls arranged with the utmost care and attention to detail, like a transfer student’s collar ruffles on his first day of clown college. The kamikaze spicy-tuna roll ($5.95) tempts adventurous eaters to mine for the fiery tuna and creamy avocado waiting beneath its deep-fried exterior, and the Romeo roll ($12.95) seals five kinds of spicy fish beneath a layer of mango and apple sauce. Fire-licked fare such as breaded beef katsu ($14.95) and salmon teriyaki ($12.95) with steamed rice and veggies give purpose back to the melting point.
Tame the taste of wasabi with spirited beverages including house red and white wine ($5–$7 per glass), sake (starting at $4 for a carafe), soju ($12 per bottle), or Japanese beer such as Asahi Super Dry ($7 for 22 ounces). Patrons can peer through Sushi Kuni’s bamboo-bordered windows as they sup, or take in the authentic aesthetic of wall-mounted Japanese scrolls and twirl their chopsticks to the beat of their dates' hearts.
Sushi Kuni's decor is a fitting preamble to its cuisine. Blond woods complement pillars that take inspiration from shoji screens, eloquently easing diners into a Pacific mindset. Once there, they find plenty of surprises. Along with the requisite sushi, sashimi, and Japanese entrees implied by the surroundings, a full menu of authentic Korean dishes shows off the skill of the restaurant's chefs. Beef dumplings in bone soup can share table space with stir-fried squid and veggies. Then there's the emphasis on healthful culinary traditions. Vegetarian options cater to guests with dietary restrictions as well as those eager to venture into unexplored culinary territory.
Most diners won't need to travel far beyond the expansive sushi menu. Grilled yakitori skewers and teriyaki-glazed chicken appear alongside more than 50 rolls filled with everything from red snapper and mozzarella to lobster tempura and avocado. And for the traditionalist, a variety of fresh sashimi arrives to tables on a carved wooden bridge, which serves as both a symbolic crossing between chef and diner as well as a practical crossing for tiny people who have to cross tiny rivers. Sushi Kuni is now open Tuesday through Sunday.
2901 Breton Rd. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512