"How do you stay skinny and eat out all the time?" I get asked this question on a daily basis and honestly, I work out a lot (except for the next month as my foot is broken), and I try to eat healthy as much as possible.
We angelenos get spoiled at times with the vast selection of sushi in Los Angeles. Sushi is a great low-calorie, high protein dinner option, especially if you opt out of the rice. But how much of it is really good? Not a lot in my opinion. And what's even harder is finding great sushi that's affordable with a unique twist in the flavors.
I'm not going to lie, I am not a big plan of straight sushi. I like a little sauce, a little presentation, a little flair. Which is why I was delightfully surprised to try Sushi Roku's new menu. A lot of time and consideration has gone into preparing dishes that are unique, beautiful and most importantly, flavorful.
The best part? They are constantly offering speacials during their lunch which allows you to eat fantastic quality food at a reasonable price.
So let me walk you through my favorite dishes:
Start with the lotus root - truffled "Rinkon Kinpira" lotus root. Lotus root is incredibly good for you, rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, riboflavin, and known as assisting in loosing weight, you'd never know by trying it that is super food. At Sushi Roku it's served warm in a sweet truffled sauce. It's the perfect way to start your meal.
Want a few other starters? The albacore tacos Roku style are also great and served in a crispy tempura shell with a creamy guac.
Looking for a little more meat and a ton of flavor? The kurobuta pork is pretty fantastic, albeit rich and not something I let myself order every time, even though I'd like to. The meat falls apart with the touch of your fork and is salty and sweet.
My MUST order is the Ume - a six piece selection of their Master Chef's custom creations. Delicious combinations like toro with parmesan and crab with warm butter make this hard to resist. I eat mine without the rice and it is so satisfying and such a fun mix of flavors and textures.
At this point I am more than full BUT if I do have room for something sweet it will definitely be the matcha green tea cappuccino. The first bite is of a slightly sweet green tea whipped cream. Dig deeper and there is a green tea sponge cake. I was thinking to myself, "gosh, this would be good with ice cream," and on my next bite, sure and behold, there is green tea ice cream in the middle of this pretty little creation.
I am not lying when I say I eat this meal once a week lately (minus the pork and dessert) but I always feel great afterwards. I am satisfied full and feel like I ate things that help me stay skinny!
Photos by Claire Thomas