Unlike marshmallows and jugglers, sushi is best when not on fire. Avoid flame-reliant eats with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi and Japanese fusion at Rok Sushi Kitchen in Hermosa Beach.
Deemed one of the best spots in Los Angeles by Saturday Night Magazine, Rok Sushi Kitchen unites chefs who tumble more than 50 specialty rolls onto waiting plates with a kitchen that churns out signature fusion fare. Stomachs purr for the tiger roll's california roll core blanketed with smelt eggs and eel ($14). Chopsticks slam-dunk morsels of spicy tuna, lobster, and avocado into soy sauce for the L.A. Lakers lobster tempura roll ($16.75). The L.A. Kings roll ($15) cocoons snow crab within the clasp of baked salmon and spicy mayo and donates a portion of its proceeds to the Kings Care Foundation instead of unfair taxes levied by King George III. The sesame-crusted ahi ($18.50) blazes across palates bedecked in habañero citrus sauce, wasabi crème fraiche, and a side of grilled asparagus.
Deft mixologists synthesize cocktails that blend freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices with sake and other spirits. Crushed strawberries, lemon juice, sake, and St. Germain Elderflower liqueur muddle in the Bruce Lee-monade, an homage to the famous martial artist, who is also depicted in a pop-art portrait above the sushi bar. Televisions and warm lights bathe the two-tiered dining room's gold and exposed-brick surfaces in a soothing glow, and Hermosa Pier beckons mere footsteps or cartwheels from the front door.
Rok Sushi Kitchen
Deemed one of the best spots in Los Angeles by Saturday Night Magazine, Rok Sushi Kitchen unites chefs who wrap more than 50 specialty rolls with a kitchen that cooks an array of Japanese fusion dishes. Inside a lofted dining room, minimalist decor glows with golden and brown tones, and warm lamps cut through the dark without help from the flashlight Mom tucked into a maki roll "just in case." Framed by shelves stocked with a multitude of bottles, the bar's deft mixologists synthesize cocktails that blend freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices with sake and other spirits. Bruce Lee stands frozen in time inside a pop-art portrait above the sushi bar, and Hermosa Pier beckons mere footsteps or cartwheels from the front door.