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Top 5 Restaurants: Sushi (Spring-Summer 2014)

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Restaurants Sushi! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.

Top 5 Restaurants: Sushi

Pearl Sushi Lounge & Bomber Bar
Location: 2 Locations Old Town Scottsdale and Chandler
(480) 963-4766
Pearl is a stylish, high-energy sushi bar the merges modern cuisine and fabulous cocktails into a hip, contemporary environment that provides the coolest place to eat, drink, party and people watch. The newly remodeled Scottsdale location is perfect for corporate events and meetings in addition to the ultimate social gathering.
Roka Akor
7299 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85253

(480) 306-8800
Voted by Bon Appétit magazine as one of the Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States, Roka Akor offers prime steak and sushi in a robatayki style (open charcoal) cuisine.

Sushi Brokers
4419 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018

(480) 515-5000
Choose from more than 20 creative sushi rolls that are interesting and tasty along with a nice selection of wines that are offered for the perfect pairing. In addition, Sushi Brokers features many bottled beers, sake and a large array of vodka.

RA Sushi Bar
Location: 6 locations throughout the Valley
(480) 940-1111 (Phoenix Location)
Signature rolls, Japanese fusion cuisine, a vibrant atmosphere with lively music and inventive cocktails — you’ll find it all (and more) at RA.
Stingray Sushi
Location: 3 locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale
(602) 955-2008 (Phoenix Location)
Delivering a unique blend of contemporary style and energy with Latin-influenced Japanese cuisine, Stingray Sushi is a distinctive experience.

After Hours at UNION Biltmore

040213_4086_grandeStart off June with a VIP shopping experience at UNION Biltmore from 5 – 10 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Super swank, super stylish eyeglass purveyors Framed Ewe will have a SUPER Trunk Show featuring over 50 new styles of frames and sunglasses for summer and fall 2013. Drop in for vittles, tunes and of course, the newest from SUPER, the hand-made optical line draping the temples of the chicest four-eyed in town. To show appreciation for supporting a local optical boutique, Framed Ewe will be raffling a few pairs of lovely SUPER sunglasses, as well – so stick around to hear your named called and then join UNION from 8 – 10 p.m. for their first-ever After Hours, an exclusive late-night shopping experience where shoppers can stay cool, shop late, and partake in cocktail and chef demos – all while supporting the Arizona Humane Society.

imageJoin Chef Philip Occhipinti inside Trattoria del Piero as he showcases the eatery’s fantastic fare alongside delectable cocktail samples. Enjoy the not-too-hot weather on the patio with libations and nosh from Chef Andrew Nam of Stingray Sushi and finally, check out local product designers at your favorite UNION boutiques – as you are serenaded, of course, with jams provided by DJ PHX throughout the night.

– SUPER Trunk Show by Framed Ewe is open to the public; raffle tickets are $5 and can be purchased until 8 p.m. June 1st. Winners will be announced on Sunday, June 2 via Framed Ewe on Facebook.

– Tickets for UNION After Hours include cocktails and food samples from the chefs at Trattoria del Piero and Stingray Sushi, are $30 and may be purchased here. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Humane Society.

Roka Akor features Robatayaki cuisine. Photo: Roka Akor

Top 5: Sushi Bars (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Sushi Bars — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:


14344 N. Scottsdale Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 607-1114
Sapporo offers its guests a fresh experience with premium sushi and Teppanyaki, Asian specialties like grilled black cod (glazed in Miso), happy hour specials and more.

Stingray Sushi

Three locations in Phoenix
and Scottsdale
(602) 955.2008 (Phoenix)
Delivering a unique blend of contemporary style and energy with Latin-influenced Japanese cuisine, Stingray Sushi is a truly distinctive experience.

Geisha A Go Go

7150 E. 6th Ave.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 699-0055
This is truly an entertainment dining experience, bringing Japanese pop culture to Scottsdale with sushi, rock ‘n’ roll and private karaoke rooms.

RA Sushi Bar

Six locations throughout the Valley
(480) 940-1111 (Phoenix)
Signature rolls, Japanese fusion cuisine, a vibrant atmosphere with lively music and inventive cocktails — you’ll find it all (and more) at RA.

Roka Akor

7299 N. Scottsdale Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(480) 306-8800
Voted by Bon Appétit magazine as one of the Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States, Roka Akor offers prime steak and sushi in a robatayki-style (open charcoal) cuisine.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012


Yoga Job Fair, Oct. 30 at El Santo

Scottsdale’s Old Town Group Seeking “Flexible” Employees At Yoga Job Fair

Are you positive, relaxed and highly “flexible”? Well, Scottsdale’s Old Town Group has an exciting opportunity for you! All who believe they match this description are encouraged to attend the Yoga Job Fair, which will be held at El Santo Cantina on Oct. 30 from 11 a.m to 6 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their best yoga clothes and head to El Santo where they will have the opportunity to ponder the amazing opportunities of being a server, bartender, hostess, barback, busser, VIP host or event coordinator for either Stingray Sushi, Geisha A Go Go, Spanish Fly, El Santo Cantina and the brand-new breakfast restaurant concept Morning Squeeze.

All potential candidates who believe they are “flexible” enough for each position are encouraged to have fun and demonstrate their positive life energy source by demonstrating their favorite yoga pose during interviews. Even if your relaxation technique is a simple yawn or includes various breathing and stretching techniques, Old Town Group is still interested in those who exude positivity and relaxation.

For more information on the Yoga Job Fair, please visit elsantocantina.com.

Yoga Job Fair

Where: El Santo Cantina y Más
7301 E. Butherus Dr., Scottsdale
When: Tuesday, October 30 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Online: elsantocantina.com

Top 5 Seafood Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Seafood Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Seafood Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

15323 N. Scottsdale Rd, # E1-160, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood was inspired by the great classic seafood restaurants of New Orleans, San Francisco and Boston. Eddie V’s offers the freshest seafood, right off the docks, in an atmosphere that is warm and inviting.

Mastro’s Ocean Club

15045 N. Kierland Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Mastro’s Ocean Club combines world-class service and seafood-focused cuisine in an elegant and energetic atmosphere. The restaurant’s menu features an impressive array of fresh upscale seafood, including favorites such as the three-tiered iced Seafood Tower, bone-in filet, lobster mashed potatoes and a one-of-a-kind warm butter cake.

Stingray Sushi

Locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale
Stingray Sushi delivers a unique blend of contemporary style and energy with spirit of Latin influenced Japanese cuisine. Born from a soul of taste, sound and design, Stingray Sushi combines the artful creation of sushi, Japanese fare and savory libations to deliver a truly distinctive experience.

Ocean Prime

5455 E. High St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85054
Ocean Prime, a Cameron Mitchell Restaurant, serves prime beef, fresh seafood and fish accompanied by an award-winning wine list and handcrafted cocktails.

Salt Cellar Restaurant

550 N. Hayden Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
While the specialty is seafood — baked, broiled, sautéed, deep-fried, steamed and sliced — that will exceed all your expectations, it’s the funky atmosphere — the dining rooms, bar and kitchen are underground — that makes Salt Cellar a must-visit restaurant.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Date Night: Sushi Bars

Sexy Sushi Night: Date Night At Sushi Bars

Sexy Sushi Nights: When the only thing fishy is your food — not your date’s behavior. Take your next date night to one of many sushi bars throughout Scottsdale.

Eating sushi is a lot like dating.

“Think about the first time you went out for sushi – and a typical first date,” says Stephen Stromberg, executive chef at Sapporo in Scottsdale. “Both take a little courage at first, but the adventure is (usually) well worth it.”

So, it makes sense that sushi is a top dining choice for first dates of all ages. But how does one plan the perfect sushi night?

Dare to discover

Sure, California and Las Vegas rolls are staples for many of us. But, why not show your date you are open to new things by stepping outside of the sushi comfort zone?

“Always look for items that are custom to the venue,” says Stromberg, whose own menu includes the MT Roll, a salmon soy paper roll invented by, and named after, their own sushi chef, Mikel Tan; along with a signature Scottsdale roll bursting with spicy scallops.

Make it hot, hot, hot!

Not all first dates are created equal – some are certainly hotter than others.
Sushi is the same way.

While adding a dollop of spicy mayo or wasabi to your favorite roll can certainly spice up the date, why not indulge your taste buds, together, in a culinary adventure by really turning up the heat?

“Be her renegade Romeo by ordering your Juliet a roll with jalapeño and spicier versions of standard ingredients like tuna and yellowtail,” Stromberg says.

Sapporo carries more than half a dozen hot options, including the Surf’n’Turf roll, which marries crab, filet mignon and tabasco sauce into a mouth-watering menu stand-out. Also popular is the Fuji roll, which is topped with spicy yellowtail, making it as visually hot as it tastes.

Pick pairings with passion

“Innovate while you libate,” adds Mike Hanley, bar manager at Sapporo. “Don’t settle for a martini simply shaken or stirred — order it frozen and share tastes!”

Frozen Passion Mango Martinis, which are blended with vodka, rum and mango and passion purees and poured atop a raspberry liqueur, and Sapporo Slushes, which are made with vodka, fresh-squeezed juices and simple syrup, are among the most popular drinks for first dates.

Also, choose drinks that are a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

For example, Sapporo’s Purple Dream is layered by ingredient into a glass and brought table-side so the guest can play mixologist, stirring the ingredients together into a perfect purple blend.

One last tip for a sexy sushi night — ditch the chopsticks!

“In Japan, it’s customary to use one’s hands to eat rather than chopsticks,” Stromberg says. “A perfect excuse to feed each other!”

Readers' Pick logoSapporo Scottsdale
14344 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 607-1114

Other sushi bars to check out:

Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar
(480) 315-9800
Sushi Brokers
(480) 515-5000
Stingray Sushi
(480) 427-2011
RA Sushi
(480) 990-9256
PURE Sushi Bar & Dining
(480) 355-0999
Geisha A Go Go
(480) 699-0055

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012