If you're a sushi and sashimi addict like I am -- or if you prefer teppanyaki -- this place is definitely a MUST on your to-eat list.
It would be difficult for the food at Sakura to trump the elegance of the contemporary decor in this exciting new restaurant, but it did.
In addition to the sushi bar, there is a large hibachi room with eight built-in grills and shared tables, where the chefs can dramatically wield their knives.
Seafood dominates, especially in the various sushi and sashimi specialties. This Sakura Roll is made with spicy tuna, eel, seaweed salad and avocado wrapped with soy bean seaweed and tuna, then topped with caviar. I don't know when I've had such sparkling fresh sushi.
The artistic Fancy Dragon Roll includes shrimp tempura, Kani (krab meat) and cucumber wrapped in eel and avocado.
I especially liked this delightful assorted sashimi platter: tuna, shrimp, crab, white tuna, halibut, mango, salmon and eel in rice. All fish should be this good!
While this spanking new place is largely Japanese, the menu is layered with other Asian specialties like this Pad Thai.
There are plenty of reasons to celebrate Sakura's arrival: sleek digs, superb service, fabulously creative dishes -- oh, and don't forget that sushi and sashimi.
Sakura Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar
10722 Big Bend Road