Pure Sushi

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20567 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale

The more I try Pure Sushi, the better I like it. And I'll admit, there's a snooty little part of me that invariably wants to discount a beautiful restaurant filled with beautiful people. Trouble is, I happen to love Pure's pale decor, which, by night, takes on the amorphous glow of a fairyland. The place looks simple and elegant, a lovely backdrop for equally simple, elegant Japanese food, often given a contemporary twist. Sushi highlights include the Tuna Carpaccio; the White Monster roll (spicy crab with shrimp tempura, seared ahi, peanut vinaigrette and sweet eel sauce); the In-and-Out (spicy crab, avocado and shrimp tempura with Asian pesto) and the Creamy Baked Lobster (lobster and lobster tempura with cucumber and creamy sauce). If you simply can't go the raw fish route, try the excellent Chilean sea bass with rice, stir-fried veggies, sweet miso sauce and lemongrass-soy sauce. Save room for green tea cheesecake with white chocolate and key lime sauce. Yum! Lunch and dinner daily. $$-$$$