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 $15, you get $30 worth of sushi, Asian fare, and drinks for lunch or dinner at The Sushi Room in Chandler.
Head chef Joseph Chun of The Sushi Room weaves European influence and fresh fish into 27 types of traditional rolls and sashimi, complementing the raw fare with an assortment of Asian steak, seafood, and vegetarian plates. Diners can launch chopstick javelins into morsels of sashimi including the truffle ama ebi, a mouthful of sweet jumbo shrimp dressed up with white-truffle caviar and a kick of fresh wasabi ($15). The Vegas sushi roll, a soy-paper bundle of salmon, cream cheese, and crab tempura with eel sauce ($9), marries oceanic flavors with cosmopolitan sensibilities better than a merman in a one-legged white jumpsuit, and the yellowtail jalapeño roll ($11) delivers a one-two heat punch with jalapeños and wasabi aioli cooled by creamy avocado. Land-loving palates can choose entrees such as the Sushi Room beef, grilled tenderloin steak with a sweet soy glaze ($18), and herbivores may opt for the panko-crusted agedashi tofu with mixed vegetables and a miso butter sauce ($12).
The Sushi Room patrons can refresh palates with hot or cold sake or 1 of 29 wines from the drink list. The restaurant's Asian-themed décor, including a faux cherry-blossom tree and suspended orange and white paper lanterns, give way to garage doors leading to the patio, ideal for open-air dining or anti-rain-dance moves.
The popular wicked roll hides a bundle of spicy crab, avocado, cilantro, and jalapeño topped with a sweet thai-chili sauce, and the truffle Hamachi pairs fresh yellowtail sashimi with white-truffle oil, cilantro, and sea salt. The kitchen also whips up a handful of eats other than sushi, including grilled chicken and vegetarian-friendly panko-crusted tofu with miso-butter sauce. Diners can pair their meals with sake, cocktails, beers, and wines poured at Rock Lobster’s bar or milked from a giant grape hanging over the restaurant’s entrance.