Orange County will soon be home to Sushi Roku, a contemporary sushi restaurant known for its one-of-a-kind dishes. The restaurant will open at Fashion Island in Newport Beach on June 1. Executive Sushi Chef is Hiroshi Shima and Executive General Manager and Sake Sommelier is Eiji Mori.
Sushi Roku is the first concept to be unveiled in Orange County from Innovative Dining Group (IDG). This will be the 6th Sushi Roku for IDG, which operates 12 restaurants and lounges in Los Angeles.
“We’ve been looking forward to making our debut into Orange County’s vibrant dining scene for quite some time,” said Lee Maen, IDG partner. “We are excited to share our modern approach to Japanese cuisine as well as Roku’s outstanding level of hospitality.”
The menu overview
At the heart of the Sushi Roku menu is the restaurant’s sashimi and nigiri sushi with more than two dozen fish with traditional favorites such as fresh toro, uni, and hamachi. The restaurant also features a selection of signature rolls ranging from Crunchy Spicy Tuna with avocado, and Baked Lobster in creamy miso sauce to a more intricate Katana Roll with spicy tuna and shrimp tempura topped with tuna and yellowtail.
The menu features both hot and cold plates from the “Garden,” “Sea,” and “Farm.” Among items are Kimchee Cucumber Sunomono, Fluke Kumquat Sashimi with yuzu vinaigrette, and Sushi Roku’s signature “hanabi,” which is spicy tuna on crispy rice.
Entrees incorporate Japanese Bincho Charcoal, a traditional high-quality kilned Japanese oak that “delivers an intense heat to the menu’s Filet Mignon with ginger teriyaki sauce, Grilled Salmon, and “Ji-Dori” free-range chicken. Other menu items include Japanese salads, a selection of soups, noodles, and hand and cut rolls.
Sake and more
Sushi Roku offers a vast selection of sakes in all styles and price ranges and will include 300ml bottles and sake-by-the-glass options. In addition there will be Sake Tasting Flights. There also are more playful options such as flavored sakes and Nigori, and sparkling varieties.
The restaurant also will offer French Champagnes, wine and craft cocktails such as Sushi Roku’s take on the Moscow Mule called the Far East Mule with Bombay Sapphire East Gin, fresh lime juice, Thai basil, cucumber, and ginger beer.
Sushi Roku Fashion Island includes a 129-seat dining room, 16-seat sushi bar, 15-seat bar with 18-seat lounge, and 40 seats for patio dining
Sushi Roku is located at 327 Newport Center Drive, adjacent to Macy’s across from True Food Kitchen.