It's Restaurant Week in LA and I decided to head out today for lunch at Sushi Roku in Santa Monica. I had not been to that location in several years and was pleased to find it thriving. In a city where restaurants can come and go in a matter of months, Sushi Roku is definitely a survivor. Their first location in West Hollywood opened in 1997 and the Santa Monica location followed two years later. Then it expanded to Pasadena, Las Vegas and Scottsdale. It seems the folks at Innovative Dining Group have cracked the code on creating a good concept and then expanding to multiple locations without sacrificing quality.
I ordered the three-course prefix lunch menu with the following:
~ Hanabi (spicy tuna on crispy rice cake)
~ Bento Box (tuna and salmon sashimi, mixed tempura, baked cod, renkon, sunomono salad, chicken kushiyaki).
~ Fresh Fruit & Sorbet
I can honestly say that everything was good and the tuna and salmon sashimi was exceptional. The Hanabi could do with less sugar and I would garnish with a slice of jalapeño. In the end, at just $22, this offer is too good to pass by. But hurry, the dates for Restaurant Week are Jan 24–29 and Jan 31–Feb 5.
Sushi Roku - Santa Monica
1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401