Sushi is a dining experience that simply must be done right, if it’s to be done at all, and that holds just as true in the desert as it does along the shoreline. When it comes to sushi restaurants in Palm Springs, you’ll find that no one serves fresh fish quite like Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar in La Quinta.
Sushi at Okura — Photo courtesy of Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar
A staple of culinary scenes across the country, sushi is one international cuisine you're sure to be able to enjoy no matter where your travels take you. And it's not only easy to find, but also sushi can be good for your health, too. From heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids to the magnesium-, iodine- and copper-rich seaweed, there are plenty of benefits to chowing down on fresh Japanese cuisine. But when it comes to sushi, you can’t settle for pale-colored fish, day-old rice or watered-down sake.
Thankfully, this upscale sushi bar in La Quinta’s Point Happy Plaza doesn't make you settle. The menu features a creative array of Japanese dishes, including rolls, carpaccio plates, robata skewers, tempura dishes and seafood entrees. Sushi, sashimi and hand rolls round out Okura’s impressive selection.
The house specialty rolls are not to be missed, especially creations like the Madonna Roll (shrimp tempura, cucumber and avocado with crab and fresh tuna), the James Dean Roll (eel, cucumber and avocado with crab and fresh tuna) and the Hamachi Mango Roll (hamachi, mango, cucumber and asparagus with tobiko).
The restaurant is divided between a lively bar area, two interactive sushi bars, an intimate dining room and an open-air patio for sushi under the stars. But some argue that the only true way to experience Okura, though, is to grab a seat at the sushi bar and settle in for a night of all-you-can-eat dining, an Okura offering for those “in the know.” For $32.95, you’ll have your fill of your choice of sushi, specialty rolls and appetizers. Start with a fiery plate of hamachi carpaccio, then sample signature rolls like the Baked Alaskan Roll or Red Dragon Roll.
Sushi roll — Photo courtesy of Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar
Of course, it isn’t sushi night without a Japanese beer, a fine bottle or sake or, if you’re feeling adventurous, a sake bomb or two. Okura offers an impressive selection of beer, wine and spirits to enjoy with your meal, including a specialty cocktail menu that shouldn’t be missed. In fact, you may want to make sure you drop by during happy hour so you can sample an assortment of Okura’s drinks and fresh sushi selections.
Even with the nearest ocean more than 100 miles away, you can still enjoy fresh sushi and sashimi in the Southern California desert. The next time a craving for Japanese cuisine strikes when you’re in Palm Springs, be sure to stop by Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar in La Quinta.