Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today's Groupon: for $24, you get a three-course Asian meal for two with a flight of infused sake (up to a $54.48 value) at The Teahouse at Asian Arts in Sarasota.
True to its name, The Teahouse at Asian Arts offsets its exotic Asian concoctions with a Silk Road-inspired ambience of traditional Asian artwork and décor—right down to the mahjongg you can play at your table while waiting for your food. Your journey to the East begins with two items from the appetizer menu, such as crabmeat dumplings or yodofu, a tofu and vegetables mix that comes with dipping sauce and a clean bill of karma. From there you'll be free to pick your entrees from a massive menu of sandwiches and wraps, specials such as Hannah's wasabi mussels in miso broth, and soups and dumplings, which come in beef, crab, Mothra, and vegetarian variations. End your excursion with two sweet desserts, such as a warm pear crumble or ice-creamy Japanese daifuku mochi. In between bites, The Teahouse at Asian Arts will delicately hose down dirty palates with an Around the World flight of five infused sake shots; seasoned sake-sippers, meanwhile, can order an eight-ounce carafe of their preferred varietal. For added fun, a seasoned chiromancer will give you and your date a mini palm reading that determines your romantic chances, the number of kids you'll have, and exactly how many Shriner cars will be involved in your death tomorrow.
- Lying behind the Shoji screen is the miniscule kitchen…where Gibbons and her chef prepare a bountiful meal of panko-crusted shrimp and scallops, as well as homemade, infused sakes. But the standout at the Teahouse at Asian Arts is the dumplings. – Allison Milam, SRQ Magazine
- What a great surprise. I had the best crab dumpling dish ever; it was served with a salad that featured a unique ginger carrot dressing. The house tea for that day was Earl Grey Lavender. I will definitely be back and highly recommend it as one of Sarasota's finest. – Casey, Urbanspoon