Roku- West Hollywood, CA
Roku on Sunset is the fifth collaboration for the creative team of Innovative Dining Group and Ralph Gentile Architects, delivering a 5,550 square foot feast for the senses.
“Building on our recent success at Sushi Roku – Fashion Island, returning to Sunset enabled us to curate with Lee and Philip what works and doesn’t work on the Strip.” explains architect Ralph Gentile. “We always loved the patio feeling at 9201 Sunset but we really needed to make a new statement for Roku.”
The redesigned façade features grand mahogany windows, which pivot outwards providing the patio with an abundance of fresh air and light. Guests now enter through a portico located on the 9201 building plaza. Stepping thru a pair of oversized glass doors, guests are greeted by the host, and can choose to enjoy a drink at the new patio bar and lounge on the left or proceed directly to the main patio dining areas.
The patio dining areas share a relaxed, Asian resort styling. Larger parties have the choice of banquettes, larger round tables or the communal round. A cluster of circular center booths are upholstered in a fun floral pattern, and nine oversize silk pendant fixtures hang from above. Seating is an eclectic combination of upholstered booths, settees and Mid-Century ‘hair pin’ chairs. Leather armchairs and upholstered side chairs are paired with flamed white oak tables enhancing a relaxed, stylish feel.
Manicured cypress trees in oversize earthen pots provide a soft screening effect between restaurant areas. The floor of black and white marble has been given a soft glaze and the wall colors are muted grays and taupes.
Above the patio is a custom ceiling of rustic beams inspired by Asian patterns, creating a novel interplay of light and natural materials. From a practical perspective they also help control the acoustics and effectively conceal the lighting, sound system and sprinklers.
Lighting is provided by a retractable awning system during the day and multi-scene dimmer system of wall sconces at night, offering a range of lighting for different areas of the restaurant. During the day a soft glow filters from above thru the beam ceiling and the mahogany storefront. At night, the lights of Sunset twinkle and the dark sky takes over.
A major focal point of the restaurant is the feature wall showcasing Asian-inspired street art. Created by artist Hans Haveron especially for Roku Sunset, the large three-paneled piece, which spans 20 feet, is a collage of figures and landscape. The glass panels are backlit for a soft glow.
Ruko Sunset’s four teppanyaki grilles are definitely the main event. Imported from Japan each stainless grille is paired with a custom walnut top. Large parties enjoy an authentic Japanese cooking experience while seated in counter seats with backs. The three colorful hoods above the grilles provide a dramatic backdrop to the performance.
The sushi bar features a live edge walnut bar encircled on three sides by green seat belt stools. An overhead skylight with vintage Japanese lanterns illuminates the lounge.
The back wall features a burled walnut shelving system displaying individual raku serving dishes, imported nori and other traditional Japanese ingredients. Large authentic sake barrels suspended above create a visual separation between sushi and teppanyaki.