If you want to ruin my concentration while playing a round of golf with me, simply talk about food and watch my scores skyrocket. After watching tennis great Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on tv, we decided to hop down to our favorite Japanese restaurant in La Quinta. Okura Sushi was not a favorite of ours until recently. Don’t get me wrong, Okura Sushi is absolutely the best sushi restaurant in the whole Coachella valley because of presentation, taste, variety and quality. The only thing is, you pay a high price for it. No, no, no – it is not like Sushi Nozawa in Studio City (aka Sushi Nazi). But remind you, we did pay a pretty penny for a snack the first time around.
You can expect to pay lots for sushi when you eat fish inland. When everything is imported (from Los Angeles), you have to expect to pay big dollars for a little slice of fish. If you have to eat sushi in Palm Springs, go to Okura Sushi on the northwest corner of Washington and Hwy 111. There is plenty of parking in front and back of the restaurant. When you enter the restaurant, the hostess will sit you in either the bar, sushi bar or dining room. If you plan to order strictly from the Happy Hour menu, you will have to choose the bar which is fully equipped with bartender, alcoholic drinks, rude patrons, loud talking, business people, etc. If you want to order from the dinner menu then you have two choices at your disposal, the sushi bar or the dining room.
The first time we ate here, we spent a mint for a roll, a few skewers of chicken and a bread pudding dessert. Believe it or not, we racked up a $65 bill. My wife still resents me for spending that much when I wasn’t that hungry in the first place. After a round of golf at SilverRock, one of the cart attendants told us of a secret. Okura Sushi has an all-you-can-eat menu that they do not readily publicize. In other words, if you don’t mention it to the hostess, you will simply be given a dinner menu. However, if you mention that you want the all-you-can-eat menu when you arrive, she will provide you with an all-you-can-eat order form.
For only $29.95 and one hour allowance, you can feast at Okura. Click here and take a look at what you can order. Our favorites are as follows: Serrano Hamachi Carpaccio, Jalapeno Bomb, Serrano Salmon Carpaccio, Soft Shell Crab Spring Roll, Agedashi Tofu, Robata Grilled Spare Ribs, Seaweed Salad, Chicken Robata Skewers, Sashimi Salad, Takosu “Octopus” Salad, Kobe Beef Carpaccio and all the typical Nigiri Sushi.
If you don’t want to end the night with an Alka Seltzer, take your time and order a sampler such as the carpaccio’s, jalapeno bombs and tofu in the first go-round. Miso soup, gyoza dumplings and a bowl of edamame will come without asking, so be sure you make room for that on top of your order.