Like drums, sushi rolls are cylindrical, frequently handled with two sticks, and rarely enhance a bad comedy routine. Discover the proper use for edible rolls with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese fusion cuisine at Yuki Hana in Lakeview.
Silvery blue murals of bamboo adorn the crimson walls of Yuki Hana, where Chef Juan Perez infuses traditional sushi favorites with spicy Mexican flavors. Starters in the BYOB dining room include ebitori chicken, a skewer threaded with tender bites and lathered in teriyaki sauce ($6). Mongolian banshtai tsai soup ($8.50) combines milk tea and dumplings, and mango juice ($2) sends taste buds on a tropical getaway without the usual intrusion of spring-break cameras. Specialty maki includes the Maverick roll—yellowtail blanketing a crunchy floor of jalapeño, cilantro, avocado, and daikon radish ($12). Classic nigiri and maki, such as the salmon-skin roll ($5) and the shrimp-tempura roll ($7), quell appetites with familiar flavors more traditional than kissing than bride at a boss's wedding.
The recent additional of Korean barbecue menu at Yuki Hana features dishes such as LA kalbi, bulgoki, and vegetable gui–all served with soup, sauce, steamed rice, and side dishes. Sushi is the star, arriving in more than 50 varieties of nigiri and maki. Movie-based monikers hint at the nature of each specialty maki roll—the Lethal Weapon roll delivers an aggressive kick of flavor, and the James Bond roll frequently parachutes onto tables instead of getting delivered by a waiter. Diners also sup on crispy mango entrees or teriyaki-beef dumplings, and they close with scoops of green-tea ice cream or fried dough drizzled in a sweet syrup.