March 07, 2012
463 King St. (Downtown)
A modern twist on Japanese cuisine. Try the yellowtail carpaccio, Yukiniku duck legs, and specialty sushi rolls.
O-Ku roped us in with their happy hour, offering half-priced sushi rolls and sake on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. And then we just kept going back for more, even though some rolls are priced upwards of $15. Luckily, the rolls are unlike anything else you’ll find in town. Our favorites are the salmon and lemon roll (crab salad, avocado, salmon, and thinly sliced lemon) and the potato roll (shrimp tempura, avocado, shoe-string potatoes, eel sauce, and mango remoulade). Entrees include Wagyu flank steak and green tea soba noodles. And don’t be surprised if it feels more like a nightclub than a restaurant on the weekend. There’s something about sushi that attracts the sexy people. —Erica Jackson Curran Dish (Winter 2014)
elam1234 says... McKee's attempt to pay homage to Nobu ends in watered down entrees with poor presentation and terrible ingredients. Tuna Tartar with quail egg was awful, the quail egg over-powering whatever flavor the frozen tuna could present. Yellowfin Carpaccio, although highly recommended by the server, was over dressed and served in an absurdly large plate. As for the nigiri, the restaurant is not even serving the correct sweet shrimp as amaebi and the uni was hacked to bits. Also, it's a joke to offer a f&b discount on Sunday of only 15% and then provide exponentially better deals during weeknight happy hour. The f&b discount should be the standard half off food only. On the other hand, great service and cocktail list. The sushi rice is the best in town. ★★★★★
heado345 says... Have been there three times now - first time was when the restaurant first opened and we had great sushi and good, and very strong, drinks from the bar. The bill was pretty outrageous, so the next time we went during happy hour. The sushi the second time was still pretty good and the drinks were decent. However, our third visit, also during happy hour, was nothing to brag about. Two of our three sushi rolls were falling apart on our plate (and we even sat at the sushi bar). Our drinks were just okay. We both wanted to have a second round of drinks but were ready to get out of the place. I don't know if the quality during happy hour has gone down or if the whole place has, but we won't be back. ★★★★★
twa318 says... Visited Oku for the first time last Friday night. Our reservation was for 7:15 P.M. We arrived just before then and the first thing I noticed was how packed the restaurant was. Looking at the crowd it was no surprise that our table wasn't ready yet, so we cruised over to the bar and ordered drinks. And we waited. We waited for quite some time until about 7:40 when we were seated. Our table for two, well it sucked. It was right up against the bar and I felt boxed in by the bar patrons on both sides of us, and had to ask for space more then once. Our server was very sweet, although it was very apparent that she was extremely rushed and stressed. She went flying through the evening specials and about halfway she admitted that she forgot exactly what they consisted of. We ordered appetizers and sushi rolls. I was impressed with the apps, they were unique and not something I would find at just any restaurant. The sushi that we ordered was tasty, however I wasn't blown away by the quality. Personally I feel the sushi at Bushido or Tsunami is just as quality, if not better. Feeling a little underwhelmed at this point, Oku did something completely unexpected that brought us back. Earlier in the evening the manager stopped by our table to chat, and we informed him that our visit was a birthday celebration. After dinner was served he brought out cake and champagne for the two of us, on the house. We left feeling satisfied and happy. I would like to return for happy hour to give Oku another try. ★★★★★