The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature “uncooked” flavor. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi, grilled cuisine, and drinks from Wildfish in Deerfield or Arlington Heights.
Although the Deerfield and Arlington Heights menus differ slightly, both locations dish up plentiful sushi rolls, sashimi, grilled entrees, and potent potables. Nosedive into the fishpond with specialty rolls like the original dragon maki ($14)—fresh water eel over shrimp tempura with cucumber, avocado, and spicy mayo—or the caterpillar's avocado and assorted tobiko over snow crab ($13), both ideally suited for bite-sized tooth impaling. Fire lovers may prefer a selection of grilled entrees sidekicked by miso soup, house salad, and rice. Try a teriyaki dish at the Arlington Heights location in your choice of tomato-stuffed chicken breast ($15), king salmon ($19), or filet mignon ($23), while Deerfield diners can go full cow with the New York strip steak ($22), grilled with teriyaki sauce and served with miso soup, house salad, and rice.
Sushi is a social food that encourages gathering and sharing, much like primitive man gathered around fires in the primordial gloaming to break bread and gossip about Dancing with the Stars. The lavishly decorated interiors of Wildfish create a sense of social spontaneity; deep tropical hues and evocative mood lighting give the impression of dining on a beach at sunset, enhanced by faux palm trees and high-backed seats.
This Groupon cannot be combined with other offers (including the Buffet Night and lunch specials) and is good for dine-in only.
Wildfish was ranked by Gayot as one of the Top Ten Sushi Restaurants in Chicago, and reviewed by Chicago magazine. Yelpers give the Deerfield location a four-star average, and three Citysearchers give it five stars. The Arlington Heights location received another four-star average from Yelpers and a 4.5-star average from Citysearchers:
- Everything is very fresh – Gayot
- Winners range from the cilantro-spiked Ocean Drive roll to an Alaskan halibut with orange blanc sauce. – Chicago
- It is such a cozy restaurant with beautiful decor. The service is simply amazing, from the hostess to our server and even the sushi chefs! – haroldcathy, Citysearch
Eclectic ingredients, including eel and mint leaf, fill more than 30 maki rolls and helped earn Wildfish a spot on Gayot's list of the 10 best Chicago sushi restaurants in 2012. One roll pairs spicy salmon, fried tuna, and pico de gallo, and another mixes spicy mayo and sweet soy sauce with Alaskan king crab and a splash of Bacardi 151. Filet mignon and lobster sizzle in the tropical-hued dining room with walls of red, green, and gold and bamboo that sways against the ceiling. Glasses of imported Japanese beer and sake clink together in high-backed booths that offer privacy during dates and meals out with a parrot that only knows how to say your medical records.