So, here are the top picks for the best rolls, sashimi and sake in Scottsdale. Bonzai!
Voted by Bon Appetit, Roka Akor is one of the top 10 sushi spots in the United States. They use robatayaki, a grilling technique devised by Japanese fishermen to provide an eclectic menu of sushi, salads, and grilled entrees. The adjacent Shochu Lounge features signature cocktails in contemporary yet relaxed surroundings. Stop by for the all-you-can-eat brunch with bottomless mimosas every Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Daily happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Geisha A Go Go
If you like your sushi with a little bounce, Geisha A Go Go serves up Japanese food with karaoke on the side. A sexy sushi bar with specialty drinks and house-made sakes, their menu includes unique sushi dishes, salads and teppanyaki. Reserve a private lounge for your group, and you’ll be singing its praises.
A place to indulge your adventurous side, Pure is a stylish sushi bar that serves unique yet authentic sushi alongside delectable entrees and premium sake. Don’t miss their specialty rolls like the decadent creamy lobster roll ($16) and the in and out roll ($14) with shrimp tempura and spicy crab mix served with Asian pesto sauce.
Pearl Sushi Lounge & Bomber Bar
This high energy sushi bar, Pearl Sushi Lounge & Bomber Bar is where beautiful people nibble and mingle, especially on the people-watching patio. The Korean pork tacos ($6) is a great starter and signature rolls include the pearl necklace ($10) with spicy yellowtail, shrimp tempura topped with thinly sliced jalapenos and the blarney roll ($6) with spicy crab, asparagus and spicy mango sauce. Try the Sex on the peach made of peach vodka, peach schnapps and peach infused white cranberry juice with a hint of lime.
The sleek minimalist design of Blue Wasabi features a spectacular glass light wall that acts as a backdrop to this modern locale with a laid-back feel. Try mouth watering rolls like the Red hot chili pepper roll topped with spicy tuna, sashimi sliced tuna and a spicy chili aioli and the Marilyn Monroll made of tuna, yellowtail and salmon wrapped in pink soy paper.