Roppongi

Roppongi is owned by the Ladeki Restaurant Group. It maintains a year-round calendar of special events that includes a wine-pairing dinner by Michael David Winery on November 13, and a New Year's Eve bash with food and live music. San Diego's pioneer in Asian-fusion cuisine is a stylish solution for diners who are undecided between Hong Kong duck and prime rib eye with Hollandaise sauce. The Asian-Euro menu, authored by acclaimed chef Stephen Window, spotlights everything from boldly constructed sushi rolls and glistening sashimi to honey-basil short ribs and beautifully marbled steaks.

Mongolian tiger shrimp over pineapple fried rice and crispy-skinned Jidori chicken are among the popular mainstays. An expanded tapas list spotlights curry-spiked quinoa cakes made with coconut milk, and braised lamb saté in honey-mustard glaze and mint vinaigrette. A global wine list captures coveted German Rieslings and California labels.

Cooler weather signals increased mingling around a dazzling fire pit encircled by marble on the front patio. Inside, the bar lounge was recently remodeled with crescent booths, complementing the gold and bronze hues that flow throughout multiple dining sections.

VIBE: Elegant and softly lit, with Far East décor.
SPECIALTY: Globally inspired tapas and entrees, creative sushi and specialty cocktails.
VARIETY: Euro-Asian fusion.
AVERAGE $: Tapas, $13; dinner entrées, $22.

Roppongi
875 Prospect St., La Jolla
Reservations: 858.551.5252
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