Sushi Roku Opens for Lunch in Manhattan BeachDec 19, 2022 10:21PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Sushi Roku. Photo credit: Wonho Frank Lee.
Does all that holiday shopping give you a craving for sushi? You're in luck, because Sushi Roku, which opened in October in Manhattan Village, is now open for lunch.
Lunchtime is a great time to dive into some of Sushi Roku's classic dishes such as the Tuna Crudo ($28), made with avocado, micro greens, garlic chips, sesame soy and aji amarilo; Yellowtail Sashimi ($23) with diced chilies, ginger and ponzu; and the White Lotus Roll ($24 - the official MB News favorite), made of popcorn shrimp tempura, avocado, asparagus topped with albacore, crispy onions and wasabi truffle soy.
(Sushi Roku's "White Lotus" roll - the official MB News favorite)
If you want to venture beyond sushi, there are some delicious choices you shouldn't miss. Our favorites include Miso Eggplant Dengaku ($12), Brussel Sprout Chips ($13 - so tasty, and not your grandma's Brussels sprouts!) and the American Wagyu Potstickers ($21). Our dining companions also enjoyed the Katana's Robata skewers, including bacon-wrapped shrimp ($12) and American Wagyu beef ($14).
You can also enjoy a variety of creative cocktails including Roku's Fusion (Haku vodka, pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon - $18); or the Toki Tamashii (Toki whiskey, liquid alchemist ginger, honey, lemon, fresh serrano, cucumber, mint, and bitters - $19). (There are some very lovely fruit-and-herb inspired mocktails as well, if you're not ready to start drinking at lunchtime.)
Sushi Roku is now open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
A Mainstay of Los Angeles Upscale Japanese Dining
Sushi Roku opened in Manhattan Village in October, although it has been a mainstay of Los Angeles upscale Japanese dining since 1997, with locations in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, Pasadena, Las Vegas, and Scottsdale. It has gained devotees for its signature sushi, sashimi and izakaya-style bar fare.
Designed by Finn Wijatno Architects, the Manhattan Beach Sushi Roku seats 100 guests and features an NFT art wall with screens displaying digital art, all available for purchase. The bar is a dual sushi bar and cocktail bar.
Sushi Roku is part of the IDG (Innovative Dining Group) that has brought high-end restaurant concepts to Southern California. The IDG family of restaurants includes BOA Steakhouse (which adjoins Sushi Roku in Manhattan Village, and also has locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica), Katana (in West Hollywood), and Robata Bar (in Santa Monica).
Sushi Roku and BOA Steakhouse are located on their own grounds on the Sepulveda Blvd. side of Manhattan Village. (Note that BOA Steakhouse is currently only open for dinner.)