Sushi Roku – D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.

Posted on 30 November 2008

The love affair that Los Angeles has with Japanese cuisine shows no sign of slowing.  As a result, the best sushi restaurants are increasingly popular for both quick bites to eat or for more glamorous nights out.  Sushi Roku offers a mixture of both.  The crowd and scene reminded me of a recurring episode of “The Hills” with the beautiful people complimenting the beautiful food & décor without the “drama” of the MTV scripted reality show.  Interesting to note, during my last visit to the West Hollywood location I spotted Kate Bosworth eating on the patio and Donald Faison dining inside.  The atmosphere here is warm and upbeat, from the moment you enter you’re greeted by the Sushi masters with a loud “Irashaimase!” which means “Welcome!” in Japanese.  The waitstaff at Sushi Roku are friendly and the décor is sumptuous, this seems to be true for every Sushi Roku location that I’ve been to (Including Las Vegas and Santa Monica).   

During my last visit to Sushi Roku, I started my evening with three Saki flights and a beer.  The beer, Koshihikari Echigo a Japanese import was full bodied yet had a touch of sweetness to it.  Of the three sake flights, the one that stood out was the the Junmai Shu which complimented the rich appetizers very well.  Sushi Roku serves a traditional menu of teppanyakki, sushi, sashimi and sushi themed plates such as the Hanabi Spicy Tuna on a Crispy Rice Cake.   One of the weekly specials was an Italian inspired appetizer that featured heirloom tomatoes and balsamic reduction with Kobe beef carpaccio. This appetizer was beyond delicious and I love the fact that the chefs at Sushi Roku are able to experiment and create plates that transcend the boundaries of traditional Sushi. The Baked Cod, Miso Eggplant and Popcorn Rock Shrimp are all menu regulars and not to be missed.  Make sure to end your meal with a rich dessert.  The chocolate cake soufflé with vanilla ice cream is the perfect ending to a fabulous dinner at Sushi Roku.  
Sushi Roku
8445 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 302-4602