33 Miller Alley
Pasadena, CA 91103
Tues, 12/29/2015, 7:00pm reservation
Sushi Roku is a restaurant providing contemporary Japanese cuisine with a hint of innovation. The restaurant combines ingredients that are traditional to Japan fused with elements from around the globe. The menu is not limited to sushi, but rather dishes that are geared toward the palate of Westerners. If you haven't been exposed to traditional sushi but would like to take that leap to start, this is an ideal place to do so. Sushi Roku eases your way by incorporating raw fish with non-traditional Japanese ingredients.
Located in an alleyway in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, the restaurant has a modern ambiance. It is tranquil, yet sophisticated at its best. There is a great happy hour menu as well as a bar where you can witness the sushi chefs in action.
|Another view of the interior main dining room
|I forget the name of this drink but it was mighty tasty.
|SALMON SASHIMI AND CILANTRO ($18.00): Ponzu olive oil. They piled on the cilantro with this one! The salmon was delicious and I loved the ponzu olive oil. They complemented each other well.
|UNI UDON ($19.00): Japanese style sea urchin pasta. This was my least favorite dish. The sauce reminded me of an alfredo sauce and the udon wasn't udon but rather fettuccine. The uni was good but it did lack flavor and wasn't seasoned well.
|DESSERT. We had complimentary dessert that consisted of a bread pudding with bananas and ice cream. Enough said.
Overall, the food was solid and the service was impeccable. My only complaint was the wait time to receive the dishes, but they apologized and made up for it with dessert. I did, however, appreciate the staggering of plates as it can be a bit overwhelming if all the dishes came out at once. Sushi Roku is a decent place to get your sushi fix. There are multiple locations, so find the closest location nearest you.
Notable dishes: Fluke Kumquat Sashimi
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