The carefully rolled nature of sushi makes it ideal for starting snowballs, which is why it's commonly known as snowman heart. Eat to the center of snow with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of sushi and Japanese cuisine at The Drunken Fish, valid at three locations in St. Louis.
The chefs at the posh lounge-like Drunken Fish craft an innovative menu of sushi, sashimi, and Japanese cuisine delicious enough to garner a recommendation from the Riverfront Times. With unusual flavor profiles such as the hot olive oil, ginger, garlic, and sesame of the sizzling snapper ($13.25), the Drunken Fish's sashimi menu at times enters fusion territory, but stops short of esoteric conceptual food that can only be eaten in theory. The natural flavors of onion, acorn squash, sweet potato, mushrooms, and zucchini blossom inside the veggie tempura's ($12.75) cloak of crispy batter, and the Big Easy roll, named for the ease with which it slips into mid-sentence mouths, muffles words with blackened tuna, black tobiko, spicy shrimp, asparagus, and a seven-spice sauce ($16.75). Chefs also sauté a menu of stir-fried hunger-stoppers ($10+), including a generous smattering of meat-free options.
While noshing these aesthetically alluring eats, diners can sip on specialty cocktails such as the Asian Mary ($9), which harnesses the spice of Absolut peppar vodka and sriracha to heat up conversations. The trendy nightclub-influenced atmosphere invites socializing, after which guests can view paparazzi-style photos of themselves snapped by staff photographers at posh events.
At each of Drunken Fish's upscale restaurants, chefs create traditional and specialty sushi, along with stir-frys and other Japanese entrees. Fresh tuna nigiri and 10-ounce teriyaki-glazed strip steak make for tasty pairings with signature cocktails, such as the Madame Butterfly with raspberry vodka, mango puree, and pineapple and lemon juice. Drunken Fish has three convenient locations within St. Louis, each featuring modern decor.
Drunken Fish has won several awards and achievements, including being named Favorite Japanese/Sushi Restaurant by Sauce Magazine's readers. It also has earned accolades for Best Sushi, appearing on both the Riverfront Times Reader's Choice list and Alive Magazine People's Choice Hot List.