FOOD & DRINK Roll Play Here in O.C., we are admittedly obsessed with sushi, and the thought of a new concept rolling in to our shores—particularly one that carries considerable clout in the culinary world—is cause for much excitement. Enter Sushi Roku , which opens its first local spot at Fashion Island this month. Founded in 1997 by Innovative Dining Group, the hip joint dishes out contemporary takes on our fave food and classic Japanese fare. “While we present sushi in an innovative way, we stay true to our roots,” says Tom Cardenas, VP of operations. “[Here], you’re likely to have an experience similar to one you would expect in Tokyo.” And that means uberfresh seafood hand-selected each morning; entrees that are cooked over bincho charcoal, such as the filet mignon with ginger teriyaki sauce; and the signature sushi you see here, a dish that’s been on the menu since day one. $40, sushiroku.com –Kristen Schott TASTES OF THE SEA Sushi Roku’s signature platter boasts everything from seared toro with truffle soy and fresh truffles to sea bream with yuzu jelly and black lava salt.