- Good specials, offered more than just at traditional happy hour
- Reasonable prices
- Full menu all day
- Scheduled entertainment
- Not necessarily a traditional sushi place
- Plastic furniture
Squid Ink - The Mood
Squid Ink Sushi Bar is not a chain. It is owned by Schuyler Estes who opened Squid Ink Sushi Bar in 2010 to "create new and interesting ways to interpret that vision through sushi, contemporary design and music."
Squid Ink - The Damages
Although we didn't try any, the drinks on their special drink menu seem low-priced for this market, ranging from $7 to $10 per drink.
What I Thought of Squid Ink Sushi Bar
For the lunch special I ordered the Spicy Tuna Bowl ($12) which had a large quantity of sushi rice, topped with a hefty portion of what looks like ground meat (in this case, tuna), accompanied by tempura-battered eggplant pieces, sliced avocado and asparagus spears. The dish was a lovely, and yet very filling, combination of hot and cold temperatures. Lunch specials come with miso soup or salad.
The Seafood Dynamite Roll ($14) could be a meal unto itself with a hefty load of warm crab, scallops, yellowtail and tuna with eel sauce. It is one of 15 house rolls offered. Nigiri Yellowtail was flavorful and very tender ($7 for 2 pcs). Bread Pudding with Ice Cream ($9) might not sound like typical sushi bar after dinner sweet, but we enjoyed it. Still, $9 is more than I would usually spend for a dessert.
We were pleased with all the food we tried at Sushi Ink. I found the items to be artistically presented without seeming pretentious. The menu might not be as extensive as some other sushi restaurants, but it is a place I can definitely recommend if you are looking for a nice, casual, off-the-Scottsdale-beaten-path sushi bar where you can watch football or go on a date, or take advantage of happy hour (or reverse happy hour) with some friends.
Check the schedule online for live entertainment, open mic night, bike nights and more.
How to Find Squid Ink Sushi Bar
There is only one Squid Ink Sushi Bar in Arizona.
Squid Ink Sushi Bar Address:
9947 W. Happy Valley Rd.
Peoria, AZ 85383
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.