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Lunch Gets Some Well-Deserved Attention At Sushi RokuAll too often, lunch is treated like an undeserved break in the day. Cold leftovers served in Tupperware and hurried orders eaten in view of work may be convenient, but it certainly isn’t fair. Get away to Sushi Roku, and gain some perspective on lunch’s potential.
This celebrated Japanese restaurant, which has three locations in Los Angeles, has spent nearly 20 years balancing a reverence for history with the excitement of change. To start, the edamame has the added combination of truffle and Okinawa sea salt, while the nori senbei – the new appetizer that’s a bowl of fried seaweed crackers with a wasabi cream sauce – shows an equally fresh take on those flavors. Finish the last of both and move on to an entrée of the hanabi, a spicy tuna dish on crispy rice, or the tuna tartare with yuzu guacamole. The fluke kumquat sashimi and the katana roll, which will feature sushi that blends spicy tuna and shrimp tempura with a topping of yellowtail, should also be considered for their layered tastes.
And in case a longer meal is in order, the restaurant has started serving uni-laden dishes sourced from Santa Barbara in conjunction with its 18th anniversary. Thanks to Sushi Roku, there are more than enough reasons why lunch deserves to be well spent.
Photo courtesy of Wagstaff Worldwide.