Since humans are mostly made of water, and fish traditionally inhabit water, fish should naturally occur in the human body. Fix this gap in nature’s logic with today’s Groupon. For $15, you get $30 worth of sushi and drinks plus a complimentary edamame at Tiger Sushi in Lyn-Lake.
Amid Tiger Sushi’s striking modern décor tinged with Eastern influences and available “in-the-round” seating (tailor-made for people-watching as well as impromptu performances of King Lear), chef Victor and his clan of seafood-slicing samurai serve up envelope-pushing nigiri, sashimi, and maki creations. Try the flying tiger kick roll (A.K.A. The Bruce Lee) with shrimp tempura, smoked salmon, cream cheese, masago, and screaming sauce ($15.50) or the caterpillar ($12.25), an amalgamation of unagi, cucumber, sushi rice, avocado, unagi sauce, and sesame seeds in the shape of nature's most adorable larval stage. If you don't even like your Eddie Murphy raw, opt instead for a plate of Asian fish tacos ($9.95) or Thai basil tossed noodles with beef or shrimp ($14.95) from the Tiger "Wow" menu—or three skewers of grilled salmon kushiyaki ($6.95) from the grill. But keep your vestigial dessert sac open for mango pound cake deep-fried in tempura batter with chocolate and caramel, then drizzled with vanilla cream en glace ($7.95).
Tiger Sushi also offers a drink menu stocked with beer, wine, and sakes best enjoyed on the outdoor patio overlooking the Greenway. Additionally, kids under eight years old eat free on Sundays. Sporting a propeller hat and knee-high socks to fool the servers isn’t recommended, as they have an uncanny memory for people's names and preferred drinks.
Besides being more fun to eat than celery sticks or pretty much anything that can be sporked, sushi gives nervous first dates something to do with their hands, as well as a chance to bond over mutual chopstick clumsiness. And with help from a few Sapporos fresh from the tap, patrons will soak up Tiger Sushi's fantastic ambience like a kampachi roll soaking up soy sauce, ginger, and wasabi. Reservations are strongly recommended, so call ahead.
Groupon not valid for Mall of America location.
- ...Tiger Sushi is the new place to be seen in Uptown. – Metromix Twin Cities
- There’s plenty to like about Tiger Sushi. It’s as stylish as a nightclub, with glassy walls and an undulating bar. And the sushi is adequate in every way; it’s fresh enough and creative enough... Gen-Xers and Millennials seeking a stylish, fun, date-worthy night out with their preferred cuisine will like Tiger Sushi... – Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Minnesota Monthly
Clad in his kitchen whites and armed with razor-sharp cutlery, the chef slices a slab of bright-red tuna into thick, even pieces with a nonchalant flick of his wrist. Curious customers have stopped at the sushi bar to marvel at his precision, but he does not look up from his task until each slice has been nestled atop a bed of perfectly formed rice. He begins the cycle of chopping and arranging again, continuing until all diners' appetites have been sated. So passes a typical day at Tiger Sushi 2, where chefs and servers stock tables with platefuls of fresh, innovative Japanese and Asian fusion food. Away from the dining room, chefs manning the kitchen oversee the assembly of dishes inspired by recipes from around the globe, from thai noodle dishes and asian fish tacos to japanese gyoza dumplings. The culinary team crafts each meal from ingredients such as cooked surf clam, super white tuna, and new york strip steak, enlivening dishes with fresh additions such as lime-juice glaze, mint leaves, and minced ginger. An outdoor patio grants guests a chance to engage in alfresco dining, and its dog-friendly policy gives hounds and humans trapped in their pets’ bodies the opportunity to go out on the town.