Bite: Sushi Roku

Sushi Roku

Sushi Roku opens its first O.C. location at Fashion Island. A pioneer of contemporary Cal-Japanese sushi in West Hollywood in 1997—using ingredients as diverse as French black truffles, chile peppers, and Italian cheeses—it now has locations from Santa Monica to Scottsdale, all known for their sleek decor and hip vibe. The new spot offers lots of natural light and oversized bonsai  trees that separate the dining room from the sushi bar. Executive general manager and sake sommelier Eiji Mori spent eight years at L.A.’s sibling Katana Robata and Sushi Bar. Expect rolls ranging from the Shima Roll, above, with shrimp-wrapped spicy tuna with cilantro and avocado, to the Fluke Kumquat Sashimi with yuzu vinaigrette. Binchotan charcoal, a kilned Japanese oak, delivers intense heat to entrees such as Filet Mignon with Ginger Teriyaki Sauce. The sake selection is vast; one tasting flight features traditional selections, the other, flavored and sparkling styles. Cocktails include the Far East Mule and the scotch-and-sake Salary Man.

Sushi, sashimi, and rolls, $5 to $36; appetizers, $6 to $64; soups, noodles, and rice, $4 to $16; entrees, $25 to $41. Cocktails are $11 to $14, and happy-hour bites, $3 to $6.

327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949-706-3622,

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