It's that time of year again: deadly fish are finally back on the menu. Now through February, a handful of highly trained chefs will be slicing and serving poisonous blowfish (a.k.a. fugu) at their respective restaurants. For the most affordable, authentic fugu experience around, hit Azusa of Japan.
Fugu's skin, liver, intestines and gonads are loaded with the poison tetrodotoxin, which can kill you either instantly, or over the course of several excruciating hours. To prepare this tasty death wish, chefs must obtain a much coveted license, which grossly inflates fugu's price. Azusa's prix fixe, however, is only $79 -- cheap for fugu, but still expensive enough to reassure you that they're not just winging it with some hack in the kitchen. The deal includes a fugu skin appetizer, fugu sashimi, fugu hot-pot stew, a fugu fin entree, and enough sake to help you forget you're eating a creature that only minutes ago had lethally poisonous balls.
Other reasons Azusa is the spot for fugu fun: