Sushi Roku Newport Beach hosts its inaugural ‘Wagyu Week’, happening Monday, March 19 through Sunday, March 25 featuring a tasting menu that pairs three Wagyu appetizers with three distinct Japanese spirits. The Wagyu Week tasting menu show-cases Bungo beef, considered the highest-quality Japanese grade beef, originating from the Oita prefecture in the Kyushu region of Japan.
The Wagyu Week tasting menu will be offered at Sushi Roku Newport Beach, as well as sister restaurant ROKU Sunset in West Hollywood, and will be priced at $85 (exclusive of tax & gratuity). The menu features the following three appetizer flights and beverage pairings thoughtfully chosen by Sushi Roku GM & Sake Sommelier, Eiji Mori:
Bungo Wagyu Skewer paired with Ginza no Suzume Kohaku Shochu: this light shochu is distilled from barley sourced from the same region of the premium Bungo beef in Japan (Oita), and is aged in re-purposed American white oak bourbon barrels giving the product a golden tint, and oaked, smoky nose and taste.
Bungo Wagyu Sushi paired with Soto Sake: much in alignment with the quality of the Wagyu cut, this is a premium junmai daiginjo sake from Niigata, Japan, and an all-natural, gluten-free sake that has an elegant aroma, with a smooth taste of fresh apple, cucumber, and a hint of lime zest.
Bungo Wagyu Steak paired with Akashi Whisky: this whisky is named after its hometown, translated as the "Sun Rise City", from Kobe Bay in Hyogo, Japan. This blended whisky is smooth and light on the pallet with hints of apple, pear and peat.
“Each of the pairings in these flights are quite distinct and allow guests an opportunity to travel through the different culinary regions of Japan,” says Mori. “The Bungo Wagyu is so rich and juicy, filled with lots of umami flavor, so it was important to pick spirits that truly complement and won’t overpower the pure taste of the highly prized meat.”
Sushi Roku Fashion Island is located at 327 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach (adjacent to Macy’s, across from True Food Kitchen). For more information or to make reservations, please visit www.sushiroku.com.