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July 16, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
In the last two or three years, more and more Sushi Roku diners have asked for gluten-free food, so the restaurant company decided to develop a menu for people avoiding wheat, barley and rye. Customers at sushi restaurants have always had the option to eat sushi or sashimi, as long as they avoided soy sauce, which often contains wheat. But soy sauce isn't just in a bottle on tables; it's often an ingredient in other sauces. When a diner asks about gluten, it can take 10 or 15 minutes for a waiter to go through a menu and discuss alterations that would suit the diner, says Tom Cardenas, vice president of operations.
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HOME & GARDEN
August 2, 2013 | By Stacy Suaya
It was getting late, that point in the night at Sushi Roku when the bussers are discreetly cleaning around you and servers are stapling receipts to sales reports. My date and I were taking our last sips of sake and final bites of green tea mochi. In front of us, on the other side of the sushi bar's glass partition, two raw tuna slabs lay side by side: one yellowtail and one yellowfin. He pointed at them. "Those tunas are like us: I am like the red and you are like the white, because we are so different," he said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2001 | ANGELA PETTERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
But Will the Steak Be Cooked? The owners of the three Sushi Roku restaurants are opening an American steakhouse--yes, a steakhouse; no raw fish on this menu, in fact, nothing Asian at all--as part of a new hotel on Sunset Boulevard. They plan to replicate the suave atmosphere that draws moneyed young folks who dress in black to their Sushi Rokus in Santa Monica, Pasadena and Los Angeles.
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
In the last two or three years, more and more Sushi Roku diners have asked for gluten-free food, so the restaurant company decided to develop a menu for people avoiding wheat, barley and rye. Customers at sushi restaurants have always had the option to eat sushi or sashimi, as long as they avoided soy sauce, which often contains wheat. But soy sauce isn't just in a bottle on tables; it's often an ingredient in other sauces. When a diner asks about gluten, it can take 10 or 15 minutes for a waiter to go through a menu and discuss alterations that would suit the diner, says Tom Cardenas, vice president of operations.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2001 | ANGELA PETTERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Attention Carnivores: Balboa, an American steakhouse from the team who brought you the Sushi Roku chain, is open in the Grafton on Sunset hotel in West Hollywood. The chef is Gabriel Morales, who has put in time as sous chef at both Rix and Fenix. Big meat eaters can choose from a bone-in Kansas City filet ($34), Porterhouse ($40), double-thick pork chop ($24), ostrich filet ($28) and veal chop ($29). The meats can be ordered with a variety of rubs (i.e.
MAGAZINE
April 21, 2002 | S. IRENE VIRBILA
Every year restaurant trendcasters try to fathom what the next big hit will be, hoping to predict this season's equivalent to Nuevo Latino, tall communal tables a la Philippe Starck, or revolting flavored martinis. The team behind the trio of Sushi Roku restaurants seems to know just what the young urban middle class with pretensions to hip will go for.
NEWS
January 10, 2002 | LESLEE KOMAIKO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Angelenos, particularly hip, young Angelenos, don't yet know it, but soon they'll probably want to check out Katana. Certainly that's what Lee Maen, Michael Cardenas, Philip Cummins and Craig Katz, the guys behind Katana, which opens Friday night, are banking on. The team does have some history with hip, having launched three Sushi Rokus and, more recently, Balboa, the steakhouse at the Grafton hotel.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
Singer Clint Black is wearing some different hats these days. His Stetson's still firmly in place when he's in country-music mode, as he will be Saturday night at South Coast Winery in Temecula. But he's also donned an actor's cap, starring with Patrick Warburton in "Flicka 2," just out on DVD. "I had the best time making it," he admitted, "and as the dad of a 9-year-old, it's nice to bring something home the family can watch together. It sparks some good conversations." And here's what he had to say about wearing his leisure toque during a weekend in L.A. with actress-wife Lisa Hartman and daughter Lily.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 1997 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, TIMES RESTAURANT CRITIC
It seems like just last week 8445 W. 3rd St. (at La Cienega) was playing the part of a funky South American ceviche bar called Antartica. As of last weekend, it has become the state-of-the-art Sushi Roku. I don't see how this place can miss. Two nights out, it is already thronged with the fashion-conscious dressed (or undressed as the case may be) in black and accessorized with tiny eyeglasses, white-blond hair and toned-to-the-max physiques.
NEWS
November 28, 2002 | Anne Valdespino
The Fusion Where: Sushi Roku. 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 458-4771. Also in Hollywood and Pasadena. $8. What do you drink with a delicate tray of sushi? Is beer too heavy? Wine too complex? In the bar at Sushi Roku there's an alternative that's as light and cool as a spring zephyr. It's called "The Fusion," and its mix of soju, vanilla Stoli and sake, infused with pineapple and watermelon, is served on the rocks or straight up.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller and Betty Hallock
Councilman Eric Garcetti's running for mayor and in his pursuit for campaign funds already has jammed with Moby at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. His performance on keyboards and conga drums last week helped earn his campaign $250,000 -- a one-night civic record, says the Hollywood Reporter . So what's next? Now he's moving on from "high-achieving young hipsters from the digital world" to the dining and drinking elite by hosting a food, wine and cocktail tasting at the Petersen Automotive Museum  on Feb. 20 with a slew of L.A. chefs and mixologists.
FOOD
January 5, 2012
The wealth of Southern California's restaurant scene doesn't lie just in big-name, fine-dining places. There may be no other area in the country that can compare when it comes to the number and variety of treasures that offer really delicious food at often amazing prices. These are some of our favorite Finds of the year. There's Iranian, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Thai and even an experimental sushi fusion restaurant located in a hamburger stand. Now that's L.A. As al Bakery & Kabob Strangers chatting in line outside Asal Bakery & Kabob are all jonesing for a taste of the same thing: warm sangak , a floppy, chewy yard-long sesame-encrusted flatbread pulled from the fiery depths of a floor-to-ceiling oven whose constant muted roar dominates the Woodland Hills Persian cafe and bakery.
FOOD
October 13, 2011 | By Linda Burum, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Truffles shaved onto wild-caught yellowtail sashimi or kanpachi nigiri splashed with black caviar might begin your omakase at Got Sushi? Or the chef might enrobe supple ribbons of pristine snapper in creamy cured uni brightened with the sharp citrus snap of yuzu and house-made soy sauce. Close your eyes and for a moment it's easy to forget that this tiny sushi bar is squeezed into a corner of King's Burgers, a fully operational burger joint in Northridge. With its vintage beige leatherette tuck 'n' roll booths and faux wood grain Formica tabletops, the classic setting is visually perfect for a place known for enormous breakfast burritos and fully loaded pastrami burgers.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
Singer Clint Black is wearing some different hats these days. His Stetson's still firmly in place when he's in country-music mode, as he will be Saturday night at South Coast Winery in Temecula. But he's also donned an actor's cap, starring with Patrick Warburton in "Flicka 2," just out on DVD. "I had the best time making it," he admitted, "and as the dad of a 9-year-old, it's nice to bring something home the family can watch together. It sparks some good conversations." And here's what he had to say about wearing his leisure toque during a weekend in L.A. with actress-wife Lisa Hartman and daughter Lily.
FOOD
May 23, 2007 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
IN the world of design-driven restaurants, Hokusai in Beverly Hills is a rare bird. It has all the gorgeous plumage that draws the trendy, sushi-loving, sake-sipping crowd, but it also has modern Japanese cuisine serious enough to interest discriminating restaurant-goers.
FOOD
January 24, 2007 | Betty Hallock
THE sushi's on the dining table, your chopsticks are at the ready and the Euro-electronica-bossa nova beats of Italian DJ Nicola Conte fill the room. A night at Sushi Roku? No, it just sounds like it -- literally. Innovative Dining Group, the partnership behind Katana, Sushi Roku and BOA Steakhouse, last month released the "Sounds Like Sushi Roku" compilation CD, the second in its "Sounds Like" series -- 13 tracks of grooves to eat to, or maybe sip a shochu cocktail to.
MAGAZINE
September 21, 1997
Before Michael Hide Cardenas opened Sushi Roku on 3rd Street a few months ago, he sought out advice from a slew of Los Angeles' most successful chefs. Make it look good, they all told him, but keep your focus on the food. The former manager of Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills must have listened. Because Sushi Roku is not only one of the best-looking restaurants to open in L.A. in a while, the food is right on target, too.
FOOD
January 24, 2007 | Betty Hallock
THE sushi's on the dining table, your chopsticks are at the ready and the Euro-electronica-bossa nova beats of Italian DJ Nicola Conte fill the room. A night at Sushi Roku? No, it just sounds like it -- literally. Innovative Dining Group, the partnership behind Katana, Sushi Roku and BOA Steakhouse, last month released the "Sounds Like Sushi Roku" compilation CD, the second in its "Sounds Like" series -- 13 tracks of grooves to eat to, or maybe sip a shochu cocktail to.
NEWS
July 13, 2006 | Leslee Komaiko
Diners in these parts love their spicy tuna rolls. But there are other ways Japanese restaurant chefs turn up the heat. * SHU (Sushi House Unico) Seared yellowtail sashimi topped with slices of jalapeno and deep-fried tuna and asparagus roll with a miso mustard sauce are among the offerings at this 5-month-old looker located midway between the Westside and the San Fernando Valley.
NEWS
November 28, 2002 | Anne Valdespino
The Fusion Where: Sushi Roku. 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 458-4771. Also in Hollywood and Pasadena. $8. What do you drink with a delicate tray of sushi? Is beer too heavy? Wine too complex? In the bar at Sushi Roku there's an alternative that's as light and cool as a spring zephyr. It's called "The Fusion," and its mix of soju, vanilla Stoli and sake, infused with pineapple and watermelon, is served on the rocks or straight up.
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