Sushi gained popularity during the age of the samurai due to its portability and the katana-sharpening properties of dry seaweed. Enjoy some multi-tasking nourishment with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi, steak, and seafood fare at Restaurant Tora.
Restaurant Tora's elegant dining ambiance and menu of substantial Japanese dishes have procured the restaurant a place on NBC-4’s 2010 Best of the Best Restaurants list. The sushi sampler fills chopsticks and between-joke silences with two pieces of tuna, salmon, and yellowtail and three samplings of the california and spicy-tuna rolls to form a tasting tour of artisan rollmanship ($17.99). Steak specimens include tender cuts of filet mignon—an eight-ounce center-cut flank served beside miso soup and garlic mashed potatoes ($23.99)—and seafaring stomachs feast upon shrimp ($18.99), scallop ($18.99), or lobster hibachi ($21.99) with vegetables. Diners seeking geometric provender will delight in the menu of box and dodecahedron entrees brimming with salads, spring rolls, six california rolls, and centerpieces such as chicken hibachi ($19.99).
Inside Restaurant Tora, white-clothed tables contrast with elegant black seating and phosphorescent cutlery. Intricate modern chandeliers swathe diners in subdued lighting as chefs perform feats of culinary wizardry at the open sushi bar.
Modern chandeliers burst with angular panels, evoking massive, glowing ice crystals. Walls of stacked stone and slatted wood form a backdrop for crisp white tablecloths and coal-black chairs. To complement the sleek, contemporary décor, Restaurant Tora's tables populate with artistically presented Japanese dishes such as yakisoba, fresh sashimi, and more than 25 specialty sushi rolls. Korean-style stone pots sizzle beside hibachi-grilled seafood and thick steaks accompanied by teriyaki and wasabi-yuzu sauces. After polishing off dessert, diners can charm their dates' palates with a bottle of American wine or tousle their dates' hair with a charm of American goldfinches.
1330 N Hamilton Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43230