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New sushi restaurant and steakhouse coming to Palo Alto in 2023

Uploaded: Sep 28, 2022

A rendering of the exterior of the new Sushi Roku restaurant in the works, set to open in 2023 at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto. Courtesy Innovative Dining Group.

By Kate Bradshaw

Palo Alto will be the next location for two high-end restaurants by Innovative Dining Group, a Los Angeles-based hospitality firm: Sushi Roku, coming to Stanford Shopping Center in early summer 2023, and BOA Steakhouse, at an undisclosed location in the city later in 2023. Sushi Roku will be located within the Stanford Shopping Center on the Sand Hill Road side between The Melt and California Pizza Kitchen, according to a shopping center spokesperson.

"We are excited to bring Sushi Roku and BOA Steakhouse to the cities of Palo Alto and Austin. We’ve seen an increased demand with our tech focused guests who either visit us from these markets or have relocated there," Lee Maen, a partner and founder at Innovative Dining Group (IDG), said in a Sept. 27 press statement. "When expanding, we look for markets where our quality dining experiences and one-of-a-kind concept restaurants would make a big impact and these two cities are a natural fit."

A rendering of the interior of the Sushi Roku restaurant planned in Palo Alto at the Stanford Shopping Center. Courtesy Innovative Dining Group.

Sushi Roku offers premium nigiri and sashimi alongside menu items that are rooted in Japanese tradition with Californian and international influences.They also offer hot dishes with seasonal ingredients and a curated selection of sake, Japanese beer and whiskey, custom cocktails and wine.

BOA Steakhouse serves a variety of prime steaks and seafood entrees like lobster and cedar plank salmon with seasonal sides, as well as an assortment of cocktails, beer and wine. It has other locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica, while Sushi Roku is in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, Pasadena, Las Vegas and Scottsdale.
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Posted by Hal Yount, a resident of Community Center,
on Sep 29, 2022 at 7:37 am

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Will the restaurant staff be comprised of authentic Japanese professional cooks, waitresses, and tenured sushi chefs or Koreans with one week sushi-school certificates from Los Angeles?

Most white people cannot tell the difference.

Posted by Henrietta Bock, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Sep 29, 2022 at 9:41 am

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We went to a Shogun restaurant once and were greeted by an African American hostess attired in a kimono.

Our teppan chef was not Japanese but he was very skilled in preparing the selected items. Though he introduced himself as Kenji, I think he was Hispanic because of his accent.

Posted by Jake Getber, a resident of Los Altos,
on Sep 29, 2022 at 10:19 am

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"Most white people cannot tell the difference."

^ This explains why supermarket sushi is so popular.

When I am in the mood for authentic Japanese food authentically prepared by the Japanese, I go to the Palo Alto and Mountain View Obon Festivals.

Posted by Hideo Matsumura, a resident of Mountain View,
on Sep 29, 2022 at 11:54 am

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Outside of teriyaki (which many white folks claim to have perfected) and tempura (introduced to Japan by Portuguese sailors), sushi took a bit longer to go mainstream.

The Americanized California Roll was the gateway sushi to further sushi explorations and nowadays, white people consume far more sushi than the average Japanese person.

The reason...the Japanese consider sushi to be an appetizer while gluttonish white people consider sushi an entree in its own right.

I have even seen the aforementioned converts eating sushi with a gauche.

Posted by Mac Jones, a resident of Barron Park,
on Sep 29, 2022 at 12:51 pm

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I got accustomed to sushi and sashimi while serving overseas during the reconstruction of post World War II Japan.

In those days, most 'white people' were appalled at the thought of eating raw fish.

Flash forward and now they flock to sushi bars. Go figure.

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