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Top 5 Restaurants: Sushi (Spring-Summer 2014)

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
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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
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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
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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)
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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)
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Delivering a unique blend of contemporary style and energy with Latin-influenced Japanese cuisine, Stingray Sushi is a distinctive experience.
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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
sapporoscottsdale.com

Other sushi bars to check out:

Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar
(480) 315-9800
bluewasabisushi.com
Sushi Brokers
(480) 515-5000
sushibrokersaz.com
Stingray Sushi
(480) 427-2011
stingraysushi.com
RA Sushi
(480) 990-9256
rasushi.com
PURE Sushi Bar & Dining
(480) 355-0999
puresushibar.com
Geisha A Go Go
(480) 699-0055
geishaagogo.com

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012