Sushi Roku Offers a New Take on Taco Tuesday

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 10:47 pm

Taco Tuesday is as ubiquitous in Pasadena as palm trees and City Hall. It’s a great treat for a pretty ho-hum day. Sushi Roku has turned Taco Tuesday on its head by introducing Japanese inspired tacos and Tequila-based drinks. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. and continuing to closing, the bar/lounge of Sushi Roku offers an assortment of Taco-Su and Southwestern inspired appetizers and drinks every Tuesday.

Beginning with drinks and ending with tacos, I worked my way through the whole Taco Tuesday menu. As pink as the pink moment in our local mountains, Sunset Heat was a combination of Tequila, Agave, Serrano Pepper, Watermelon and Lime. There’s a kick from the Serrano Pepper but the Watermelon tempers the heat. It’s very refreshing and great for the upcoming warm summer months. The Mexican Mule on the other hand, was tangy with Ginger Beer and tempered by sprigs of mint. It’s a great drink for ginger-lovers and since that includes me I really liked this drink.

Sushi Roku is offering five different tacos to choose from. Each order includes two tacos which is great for sharing tastes with a companion. There are two Poke tacos: Salmon and Tuna, an Octopus taco, Crispy Rock Shrimp and American Kobe taco.

The Poke and Octopus tacos are served in crispy rice paper and nori shells. The fillings include yummy extras like Yuzu Guacamole, Sesame Soy, and Sansai Veggies. Each taco has a little spicy bite to it and the rice paper, nori shells give it a sushi roll vibe. For a bit more traditional taco experience there’s the Crispy Rock Shrimp taco and the American Kobe taco. Both are served on flour tortillas and each is filled with variations on taco fillings like Japanese slaw and Togarashi spice. I liked all of the tacos, each one had its own personality.

Besides tacos there were also a few plates with a Southwestern touch. The Sizzling Sweet Corn was reminiscent of Mexican Street Corn. Topped with a Wasabi Mayo, Parmesan Cheese and Sweet Soy, the corn was served in a cast iron casserole. The Wasabi mayo had quite a kick and the corn was nicely caramelized from its sizzling container. This was a delicious, shareable bite.

The Seafood Ceviche had sweet crab, shrimp and medallions of octopus atop a salad of cilantro, onion and jalapeno dressed in a tangy yuzu vinaigrette. I suggest keeping this appetizer to yourself.

The last dish was a Fiesta Tostada topped with sweet Tempura Rock Shrimp, cucumber, and cabbage slaw all on a crispy wonton. I really thought this was a tasty nosh, a little sweet, a little heat and a lot of flavor.

If Taco Tuesday is one of your favorite days of the week, kick it up a notch with these Japanese-inspired offerings. You can also mix it up as Sushi Roku’s original Happy Hour menu is still on offer, but I suggest giving the Taco Tuesday menu a try.

Sushi Roku’s Taco Tuesday menu is offered every Tuesday in the bar/lounge from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. or when they close. Sushi Roku is located at 33 Miller Alley in the One Colorado Courtyard. For more information call (626) 683-3000 or visit







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