Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electrical sockets, rational scientists know the utensils are better used for sushi consumption. Today's Groupon gives you the right tools for authentic eats: for $12, you get $25 worth of Japanese cuisine at Yummy Sushi.
The chefs at Yummy Sushi deep-fry, grill, and roll fresh ingredients up in artful dishes that populate a menu of creative Japanese cuisine. Baked scallop sits high atop the crab-stuffed half pipe of the Carmel Mt. roll ($13.99), while fresh white tuna twirls around the Mizu roll ($12.99) like ribbon on a Maypole. Individual, satay-like yakitori skewers spear tender morsels of shrimp ($1.50), chicken ($1.95), or bacon-wrapped enoki mushroom ($2.95). For a more substantial cooked meal, diners can opt for one of the restaurant’s dinner combinations ($14.95–$18.95), which partner grilled and teriyaki entrees with salad, miso soup, and a smattering of maki. Hot and cold sakes help recalibrate mouth thermostats after catching a bowl of green-tea ice cream ($3.50) on the tongue like a snowflake.
Hanging lanterns spotlight the sushi bar at Yummy Sushi, causing the chefs' knives to glimmer as they slice fresh fish before an audience of captivated diners. Servers whisk the colorful plates of tempura, baked, and traditional rolls into the dining room, along with steaming bowls of udon, platters of teriyaki or tempura entrees, and glasses of sake, wine, and beer. Booths and tables line up along the dining room's walls, where a tropical mural transports guests into a serene junglescape and ancient-looking pottery pieces bask atop illuminated shelves. In the center of the room, palmed plants flank fish tanks housing colorful fish that have sworn to the chefs that they taste horrible.