Roku’n Rolls at Sushi Roku Fashion Island
The first Orange County outpost of Sushi Roku serves contemporary sushi with twists of traditional Japanese cuisine in a sleek setting at Fashion Island.
Uni udon, premium tofu three ways and Prime rib-eye steak Japonais cooked over Bincho charcoal are but a few of the intriguing items offered at Fashion Island’s new Sushi Roku. The Fashion Island outpot marks the restaurant’s sixth location; the original Sushi Roku opened in West Hollywood in 1997, and was an early proponent of a contemporary Cal-Japanese cuisine using unexpected ingredients. Siblings of the restaurant concept include a dozen restaurants and lounges in Los Angeles, among them BOA Steakhouse and Katana, renowned for their sleek design and super-hip vibe.
The new Sushi Roku offers more than a tempting menu. The restaurant was designed with remarkable features such as an eight-foot bamboo forest-inspired wall and a 20-foot Japanese hand painted glass screen. Every meticulous detail from the design to the lighting delivers a classy, trendy and modern dining experience.
As the name suggests, sushi—notably its signature hand rolls and sashimi—plays a starring role. Sushi Roku’s Executive Sushi Chef Hiroshi Shima offers items like Fluke kumquat sashimi dressed with yuzu vinaigrette; the Katana roll features spicy tuna and shrimp tempura topped with tuna and yellowtail. Happy-hour bites start at $3; an A-5 Japanese wagyu beef “Toban-yaki” appetizer runs $64. The sake selection is huge; cocktails include the scotch-and-sake Salary Man.