Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electric sockets, rational scientists know the utensils are better used for sushi consumption. Today's Groupon gives you the right tools for authentic eats: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi, drinks, and more at Sushi Yama in Escondido.
Earning the trust of fresh, deliciously unwitting seafood, Sushi Yama's expert rice wranglers shepherd fishy feasts, feeding flocks of hungry customers with the appetite-busting menu. Satiating saltwater selections include artfully arranged rolls of red snapper ($9), yellowtail ($14), and salmon ($12). Chilly customers can opt to warm up fish-filled stomach tanks with a steaming plate of shrimp and vegetable tempura udon ($7).
For the couture cuisineist, Sushi Yama also features an inviting line of custom-designed rolls. Pacify preening palates with the Pink Flamingo roll (panko shrimp, snow crab, and rose-colored soy wrap, $10.50), cuss out hunger with the Kiss My Bass roll (spicy tuna, sea bass, and fried avocado, $11), or tackle the On Death roll–a habanero-infused tuna roll that bids farewell to departing hunger pangs with a spicy kick ($9.50).
Thirsty tipplers can knock back a selection of authentic Japanese beers and sake while simultaneously knocking back in the cool streamlined interior of Sushi Yama's bar. Toast an impending marriage or a recent breakup with your dog groomer by indulging in a cup of Kikusui sake ($5), or swig a sip of Sapporo and Asahi (starting at $4) before catching a performance at the neighboring California Center for the Arts.
At Sushi Yama, versatile chefs impart a modern flair to traditional Japanese cooking, serving satisfying noodle and katsu dishes alongside succulent sashimi plates and meticulously crafted rolls of sushi. Like a replica of a Rodin sculpture made from mochi, each meal is a blend of delicious cuisine and fine art, entrancing diners with crispy strips of tempura or crimson slivers of tuna and beef accented by colorful sliced vegetables and creamy, paper-thin crescents of avocado. A mouthwatering litany of more than 20 specialty rolls unite morsels of yellowtail, salmon, and blackened grilled shrimp with crispy panko, sweet plum essence, and zesty lime, and meals of udon and grilled salmon deliver rich notes of umami flavor. Diners garnish feasts with inventive appetizers of chili-kissed oysters and wasabi-laced fish tacos while clinking glasses of frosty beer and potent sake.