Drive the streets of Los Angeles and you’ll notice restaurants as diverse as the people. From taco stands to Korean BBQ to spicy Indian fare, the choices span the globe, but one perennial date night favorite stands out from the rest: sushi. When the evening calls for equal measures of fun and romance, take your significant other by the hand and lead the way to Sushi Roku in West Hollywood. Walk in wearing something stylish and you’ll fit right in with the hip crowd at the bar, where an affable bartender will get you and yours into the Asian spirit with a ginger lychee mojito or a “salary man” (Dewar’s 12-year-old Scotch, daiginjo sake, sour mix, raspberry-cilantro mash). Once you’re seated, take in the spectacle of skilled sushi chefs putting on a show in the open kitchen. Staff and diners alike cheer as the culinary artists shout back in unison while deftly sculpting fish, seaweed, and rice into food as beautiful as it is delicious. Wrap your hands around hot bowls of miso soup as you plan your attack on the menu. As a “contemporary” sushi restaurant, many dishes take classical Japanese traditions and incorporate non-traditional ingredients from Latin America (jalapeños) and Europe (olive oil) to reveal an eclectic burst of international flavors. Let your date pick a combination of sushi, sashimi, and rolls (the black truffle tempura hand roll is a winner) while you pick the sake. Then clink cups and say kanpai! to the culinary adventure you’re about to share. By the time it’s all gone, you won’t want to leave your table at this chic, ultramodern spot … so don’t. The staff will be happy to pour you another cup of tea to reflect on a sublime experience.
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