Traditional cuisine offers a way to experience another culture and avoid hassles such as forging a passport and answering the tricky riddles of airport sphinxes. Sample exotic flavors the easier way with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of Japanese fare and drinks at Tokyo Grill. Choose one of six locations in the Columbia area.
Tokyo Grill’s taste makers whip up a menu of fresh Japanese comestibles with culinary savvy and head-spinning speed in a cozily casual setting. Dispatch appetites with one of the eatery’s enticing entrees, including teriyaki chicken ($5.95), vegetable tempura ($4.95), or hibachi shrimp ($6.95), all of which are bolstered by a savory posse of fried rice, zucchini, and onions. Sushi savants may nibble on a winsomely wound roll ($3.50), including the california roll, which couples uptight crab with free-spirited avocado and waits for mismatched hilarity to ensue. Dive into a fluffy bowl of steamed or fried rice strewn with succulent chicken ($5.25), shrimp ($6.25), or steak ($6.95), partnered with a side dish such as hibachi zucchini and onions ($1.95), spring rolls ($2.95), or a six-piece order of gyoza ($3.50). Tokyo Grill also dishes diverse combination platters, such as the steak combo with a house salad and medium drink ($9.95), and ships meals to tables via international paper flights.
Tokyo Grill’s chefs stand over sizzling grills, their furrowed brows illuminated by the dancing flames as they speedily prepare food that blends hibachi flavors with fast and casual dining. With swiftness and precision, they grill fresh vegetables alongside juicy strips of steak, cuts of chicken, and plump jumbo shrimp, then quickly plate the still-steaming meats atop beds of rice speckled with wedges of zucchini, slices of onion, and traces of fairy dust. Elsewhere in the kitchen, sushi chefs are equally hard at work, folding crabmeat and crisp cucumbers into sushi rolls.