Upon entering Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar, you might think that you’re in a sultry jazz lounge instead of a sushi bar. And if they had live jazzy music, the transition would be smooth. Okura opened in 2005 in La Quinta’s Plaza Point Happy ( they also have a location in Laguna Beach) and has been the bell of the Sushi ball in the Coachella Valley ever since. The dining room is intimate and the bar and lounge area has just enough seating to feel comfortable while dining, but still holds true to its bar integrity. With its dim lighting, rich colors and elegant aesthetics, there is a relaxed vibe and a knowing that this will be no ordinary sushi experience.
The menu at Okura incorporates traditional sushi specialties as well as their own creations and Robata offerings (Japanese style of cooking using skewers over an open grill). The quality of their seafood is quality that is substantiated by its taste. Their Hamachi, aka Yellowtail (pictured), literally dissolves in your mouth without much chewing effort, a definite Palm Springs Local favorite.
Other stand outs include Kobe Beef Carpaccio (exaggeratedly thinly sliced Kobe Beef with Kaiware red onion, Shiso and house radish), Dynamite Mussels (Baked Mussels topped with succulent crab, Tobiko Caviar and spicy cream sauce), and the Red Dragon Roll (Shrimp Tempura, cucumber, avocado and Spicy Tuna) among others.
Their menu also stretches beyond sushi to entrees such as Chilean Seabass (Soy Ginger sauce, Bok Choy, Lemon Grass, Mussels and Scallops) and Toban Yaki ( Prime Rib Eye with Shitake and Shmeji Mushrooms, cooked with Sake Soy and Yuzu) just to name a few.
And if you’re ready to consume your weight in Sushi (not really), embarking on the, All You Can Eat Sushi deal is the way to go. It is well worth the $32.95 per person price tag, and might just keep you full well after you leave the restaurant (speaking from personal experience).
Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar continues to be one of the top Sushi establishments in the Coachella Valley. With its consistent high grade quality of service and food, you are certain to have an amazing Sushi encounter.
Indoor Seating, CC accepted, Full Bar, $$+
Opened Nightly 4:30pm-9:30pm/10pm on weekends
Plaza at Point Happy
78-370 Hwy 111 #150
La Quinta Ca, 92253
Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar
858 South Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, Ca 92651