Sushi Roku 07/14/2011
I was taken here on an anniversary date by my wonderful boyfriend and let me tell you it is beautiful. Here is the breakdown of my experience... we had reservations at 6:30pm and he requested a seat with the view of the ocean. The beautiful hostess quickly escorted us to our table, which was located in an intimate setting on a covered outside patio area with a gorgeous view of the ocean. The decor was very Japanese chic with rice paper lanterns, stone columns, and  a stunning wall waterfall separating the outside patio from the inside seating area as well as a sushi bar. The waitress did take awhile to finally greet us and ask for our drink orders which was slightly irritating but she promptly made up for it with enthusiasm and stellar service. I immediately ordered a cocktail (duh! have we meet?) and miso soup. The Strawberry cocktail was very sour, and had in my opinion not NEARLY enough alcohol to satisfy my  liquor craving, therefore forcing me to order another. Crafty ploy by the restaurant owners to squeeze another $14 out of its patrons (sigh). My next drink was a Champagne St Germain and was absolutely delicious, much better then the first slightly poured "alcoholic" drink. 
The miso soup was good (which it better be, if you screw up miso soup we have issues!) and we sipped our tofu delight while deciding on which sushi roll to divulge in. We landed on the caterpillar roll, yellowtail roll, spicy avocado roll and spicy shrimp tempura w/jalapenos. While I am a sushi LOVER I was not fully loving the array placed before me. The best was the spicy shrimp tempura w/jalapenos, 10 points for creativity and excellent execution. Paired with spicy mayo and sweet eel sauce it was absolutely divine! But sad to say the other rolls were adequate at best, which is not ok seeing as the the price range was $11- $18 per roll! Sadly this is no Katsuya, Geisha House or Ra, the pricing does not match the quality. Our bill was $100 for the 2 of us and although the company couldnt have been better, for the price the food should have! In my opinion its a pass...

Sushi Roku
1401 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401


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