Aside from being the greatest piano ballad ever written, chopsticks are the favored instruments of the world’s most skillful eaters. Practice your forkless feasting with today’s deal: $15 for $35 worth of Japanese cuisine and drinks at Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen (not valid during happy hour). Located just one crouching tiger leap from Vanderbilt University, this recently opened Hillsboro Village bungalow features freshly prepared sushi and other Asian-inspired cuisine in a casual environment.
The restaurant’s menu is methodical and easy to follow. Its eight-piece sushi rolls range in price from $4.95 to $9.95 and carry unfamiliar names with familiar ingredients. Though Pacific queen and mainline Philly don’t exactly give away the contents, according to Nashville Scene, “the ingredients are consistently fresh, the presentations attractive and the textures intriguing.” The Pacific queen roll contains yellowfin tuna, avocado, mango, cucumber, and macadamia nuts, served with poke sauce ($8.50), and the mainline Philly comes with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber ($4.95). There is an easy-to-follow system of colored dots to indicate which rolls are vegetarian, spicy, or contain raw ingredients.
Aside from the 11 types of sushi, the restaurant serves plenty of other Asian-inspired dishes to remind you of how satisfying it is to get seven armies at the beginning of a turn in Risk. For starters, snack on crispy edamame ($2.50) or crunchy calamari ($6.95). Choose some traditional sashimi ($4.25), or go for the fancier tekka don (eight pieces of yellowfin-tuna sashimi layered over brown rice, $13.95). There are also salads and bowls or larger entrees such as peppered steak ($8.50). Your Groupon also entitles you to beverages both alcoholic and non, allowing you to slurp some soda, sip on some tea, bomb some sake, or slam Sapporo to wash down your Japanese food fest.
Nashville Scene gave Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen a lengthy write-up, saying:
- With the exception of a few heavy-handed dishes, most items we tried were admirably balanced, with enough flavors to keep things interesting without overwhelming the palate. – Carrington Fox, Nashville Scene
- I've eaten here at least 20 times since they've opened. The food is always fresh and is usually made and on my table within 5-10 minutes. I'ma huge fan of sushi and while Zumi doesn't have the most exotic menu, it's broad enough to satisfy my palette and yet safe enough for my friends who are new to sushi. – Justin, Google Maps
- Great food at the right price. Sushi is very good and atmosphere is fun. No wait either. – Edward, Urbanspoon
There's no better way to impress a first date or prospective business client than by taking them out for a delicate mess of delicious sushi. Unfortunately, there's no bigger way to blow it than to get lost in the conversation while your chopsticks accidentally drop a horseradishy bomb on your tongue in the form of a glob of wasabi the size of your thumbtip. Don't panic. With these helpful steps, you can turn potential spicy embarrassment into a secret shame.
Step 1: Smile and nod. If your companion asks why you appear to be crying, point at a sad picture hanging on the wall, or if a sad picture is not available due to your being in a restaurant, simply draw a raccoon caught in a bear trap and then point at your own mind to indicate that you are distraught by this notion.
Step 2: Exit gracefully. At this stage, the sinus-blasting spiciness will still impede your ability to speak with dignity, but try "accidentally" dropping your chopsticks, shrugging magnanimously as if to say "clumsy me," and crawling under the table for the duration of the episode. While there, appraise the approximate value of your companion's shoes and file away your best guesstimate for future leverage.
Step 3: Distraction. If you are unable to exit the situation without revealing your condition, rewrite the script with an inspired distraction. Overturn the table suddenly and writhe as though covered by wasps moving too quickly to be seen. Or, alternatively, throw your plate flawlessly into the fire alarm, triggering a blaring salute to your marksmanship. Once outside, the commotion of lights and sirens will provide adequate cover, allowing you to briefly submerge your head in a nearby fountain and return to your appointment refreshed and looking like a million soggy dollars. Happy dining!
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