Sushi Roku: Happy Hour Report Card
|The Fuji Apple Martini (Nigori Sake and Apple Liqueur shaken and served straight up) is only $3 during Sushi Roku's new happy hour.|
The Hours: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Daily
The Details: Sushi Roku's new happy hour menu features eleven "Bites" - like the Sautéed Garlic Green Beans, Crispy Chicken, and Popcorn Rock Shrimp - arranged into categories from $3 to $5 each. There are also discounts on sushi, skewers (chicken, shrimp, salmon, or asparagus), and even two dessert choices (for just $3 a piece). On the flipside of the happy hour menu are the "Sips" - an array of the restaurant's signature cocktails, wine by the glass, well drinks, and beer, all arranged again into $3-5 groups. A large Sapporo, for example, will usually cost you $8; now it's just $5. It's the cocktails, however, that are the best deal: Take the Strawberry Fizz (42 Below Vodka with fresh strawberries and lime, topped with club soda), a four-dollar-sign, you-betta-work $12 normally, now a happy-hour steal at just $4.
|The Premium Edamame is only $3 during happy hour, and you get the same portion size as at any other time.|
The Interior: Attached to the W Scottsdale Hotel, Sushi Roku is sleek and chic - an on-point presentation that extends to each dish that arrives on our table. The restaurant is decorated in a kind of contemporary organic, with woven woods and ropes and leather circular booths. The color scheme is all tans and blacks, bathed in an orange glow from the large window shades.
|The Kobe Beef Slider, $4 at happy hour.|
On an average evening, this is one of those quintessential Scottsdale spots: a place to be seen (and not heard - who could hear you over Rihanna?). But happy hour gives the whole space a more casual, come-as-you-are tone (only the hostess gives us a passing glance of disapproval). If it's true that normally the servers all look like they're fresh off the runways of Milan, then we applaud Sushi Roku for letting the more approachable, catalogue-models out of the bell tower on a lazy afternoon: They know their stuff, and before we knew it we were ordering way more than we could possibly eat in one sitting.