Living in Scottsdale, with its desert beauty and native cultural inspiration, doesn’t always call to mind a sushi restaurant. But the city serves up some of the best sushi in the state at beautiful restaurants ideal for entertaining friends, family, associates and out-of-towners.
Roka Akor in Scottsdale is part of an award-winning steakhouse/seafood franchise that combines thoughtful, relaxing restaurant design with contemporary Robatayaki Japanese cuisine. The sushi menu draws on fresh, hand-picked ingredients and features Executive Chef German Sega’s deluxe sashimi platter, which serves a diverse selection signature rolls and sashimi. Sides and appetizers include steamed edemame, grilled scallops, fried squid and crisp brussels sprouts served with house-made Japanese mustard. Non-sushi diners will find lamb, pork ribs and chicken dinners.
At Sushi Roku, part of the Innovative Dining Group, contemporary sushi is a specialty. Diverse culinary influences – like Latin American jalepeno peppers and European olive oil – contribute to an innovative experience even for the veteran sushi-lover. An extensive sashimi menu incorporates yellowtail, Kyoto-style octopus, sea bream and albacore tuna, while the entrée list offers rib eye steak, filet mignon, grilled salmon and more.
Sapporo is easy to find: giant torches around the restaurant’s exterior light the night sky. Inside, Start the evening with Sapporo’s signature passion-mango martini, then peruse a menu that includes premium sushi and Teppanyaki choices, including the “Scottsdale” roll (crab, spicy scallops, avocado and kaiware), plus classic and contemporary Asian and Pacific Rim specialties. Miso-glazed black cod, delicately fried tempura, and spicy Hawaiian poki are all offered favorites from the entrée menu.
PURE Sushi in North Scottsdale is a chic sushi bar that attracts an eager lunchtime crowd as well as the dinner trade. Dozens of choices on the sushi menu include favorites like California Roll and Spicy Tuna Roll; or go for something more daring, like the PURE Sunshine Roll, which combines crab and spicy tuna with mango and a little ponzu, which is a citrus-tinged glaze.