Review of Sushi Roku in Scottsdale, AZ
Sushi Roku - What I Liked
- Fresh food, beautifully presented
- Extensive menu
- Very helpful with explanations and recommendations
- Steaks, chicken, shrimp and pork for those who aren't sushi fans
- Extensive offerings of sakes, beers and specialty cocktails
Sushi Roku - Be Aware
- Outdoor patio seating is upscale, but right on highly traveled Camelback Road
- Don't be in a rush for this meal
- Can be pricey, but check for specials
Sashimi at Sushi Roku © Judy Hedding
Sushi Roku - The Mood
Sushi Roku is located on the ground level of the W Scottsdale hotel. It has a hotel feel to it, but with a large sushi bar in the center where you may sit. Comfortable booths and half-booths surround the dining room.
Sushi Roku - The Damages
Dining at Sushi Roku isn't cheap, but it is comparable to other restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale offering this kind of menu. We ordered an assortment of items -- one cold appetizer, two hot appetizers, an order of salmon sushi, and a baked lobster roll. Excluding beverages, tax and tip that total came to $67.50. In addition, we shared a Trio Special Dessert which was $21. Keep in mind that this was a lot of food for two people! Most cold appetizers are in the $15 or $16 range, hot appetizers from $10 to $20, 2-piece sushi and sashimi orders range from about $5 to $10, and rolls ranged generally from about $8 to $10. Dinners and tempura platters range from $10 to $40.
Lobster Roll at Sushi Roku © Judy Hedding
My Review of Sushi Roku
Sushi Roku was a wonderful experience. Every dish was an adventure -- and in a good way. My friend and I wanted a cross section of styles and flavors, and with such a large menu selection we had no difficulty accomplishing our goal. We began our Sushi Roku experience with very thinly sliced Yellowtail Sashimi ($16) and the popular "Hanabi" Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice Cakes ($12). Excellent. A warm appetizer, the Filet Mignon Wrapped Asparagus ($15) couldn't really compare with the fresh flavors of the seafood and sauces of the other dishes we tried. An order of Salmon Sushi ($5.50) was quickly devoured and the Baked Lobster Roll ($19) was our enjoyable seafood finale. The Trio of Desserts ($21) was decadent, beautiful and amazing, certainly enough for two or three people to share. I would stop here just for that dessert after a concert or show, to be sure.
I highly recommend Sushi Roku for a power lunch or a romantic evening. Any special occasion would work here, and, of course, since it is located in a hotel, travelers will find Sushi Roku a welcome change from a resort steakhouse. I didn't find it at all pretentious. Servers were patient, answered questions and made appropriate recommendations. Check Sushi Roku online for prix-fixe specials that are very reasonable priced.
Sushi Roku has only one location in Arizona.
Trio Dessert at Sushi Roku © Judy Hedding
Where to Find Sushi Roku:
7277 E. Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Date of review: January 2011.
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