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 at Wildfish, valid at its locations in Deerfield and 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 such as the original dragon maki—freshwater eel over shrimp tempura with cucumber, avocado, and spicy mayo ($14)—or the caterpillar roll'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. Arlington Heights patrons can try a teriyaki dish in their choice of tomato-stuffed chicken breast ($16), Scottish salmon ($19), or filet mignon ($25), or Deerfield diners can go full cow with the New York strip steak, grilled with teriyaki sauce and served with the house-specialty mashed potatoes ($22).
The lavishly decorated interiors of Wildfish create a sense of social spontaneity conducive to sushi sharing; deep tropical hues and evocative mood lighting give the impression of dining on a beach at sunset, enhanced by faux palm trees, high-backed seats, and tabletop sandcastles built from overturned salt shakers.
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.