Rok 'n' (Sushi) Roll

Sushi Rok

While it's easy to be seduced by good, clean-tasting raw fish and vinegared rice, it would be shameful to miss out on some excellent cooked dishes. We didn't care for a sesame-coated chicken starter, which was soggy, but were enticed by a main course of chicken katsu, or deep-fried chicken breast. I like my katsu the way I like my Wiener schnitzel -- the breading should be greaseless and lift off the meat rather than cling stickily to it. This katsu was ideal, the Japanese bread crumb coating crisp and golden, the poultry tender and juicy, partnered by an intense ginger-plum sauce.

Traditional yakisoba, a noodle dish tossed with cabbage and thin, seared slices of flank steak, was also delicious. A garnish of pickled ginger gave it a kick, and sautéed onions lent an earthy base. Even the ubiquitous teriyaki sauce was given new meaning when it served as a dressing for flash-fried shrimp (which had been dredged in flour) and meaty mushroom halves. Just don't try to get too adventurous. We almost ordered a whole-flounder special until the server confided, as an afterthought, that it was a decent amount of food for $60. Sixty bucks! I'd try blowfish for that amount, but flounder just doesn't cut it.

The cold chairs may tempt you to get your hips moving, but the tasty food will keep you in your seat
The cold chairs may tempt you to get your hips moving, but the tasty food will keep you in your seat

Location Info


Sushi Rok

106 N. Olive Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: West Palm Beach


Lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. Dinner Sunday from 5 till 9 p.m., Monday through Wednesday until 10 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday until midnight.
106 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-835-0086.

Speaking of floundering, the restaurant wound up getting so busy that we passed on tempura-battered cheesecake for dessert and made do with the hot green tea that had been replenished throughout the meal. And there's always that ultrasugary plum wine, which the bar can't seem to differentiate from the dry stuff. But then, you could always write a song about it. Something like: "Plum, plum, plum wine! Gonna drink some plum wine!" That's about as catchy as the name Sushi Rok, no?

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