Before sushi proved how delightful rolled-up food could be, fish had been served folded over rice and woven into a basket. Delight in tubular creations with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi and Japanese fare at Umi Sushi in Hauppauge. This Groupon is valid only for dinner, which starts at 4 p.m.
The chefs at Umi Sushi orchestrate a menu of handmade maki rolls, sashimi, noodles, and teriyaki dishes. On the outdoor patio, patrons can practice their left tongue-hook on the Rocky roll ($13), a ring of snow crab, spicy tuna, and shrimp tempura battling it out inside a marble seaweed crunchy mint leaf. A plethora of sushi options includes spicy scallop sashimi ($3.50) and a king-crab roll ($8), which arrives in a traditional or hand-roll style. Patrons with a distrust of geometrically correct edibles will relish a teriyaki dish created with a choice of tofu, meat, or seafood ($10–$16) as well as the slurpable udon- or soba-noodle soups ($10 for chicken; $11 for beef; $13 for seafood).
From their command center behind the open sushi bar, Umi Sushi’s skilled chefs champion fresh, authentic Japanese fare by sculpting vibrantly hued rolls and umami-packed entrees. These culinary gurus scuttle about the kitchen decorating sleek white plates with traditional morsels infused with inventive flavors such as honey wasabi sauce and pink soy seaweed. Artistically composed platefuls of fresh fish and bowls of steaming noodles arrive before guests perched on modern wooden benches in the dining room. When warmer weather rolls in, Umi Sushi’s outdoor brick patio beckons eaters to sun on its stone benches as their chopsticks click through the kitchen’s masterpieces.