The multitalented chefs at Sakura Japanese Steakhouse emphasize quality ingredients and artful presentation in each and every dish. The traditional Japanese dining room features a central hibachi grill that sears vegetables, steak, and seafood in an inferno of sizzling oils and bright yellow flames. Sakura’s more coolheaded sushi chefs swirl hand and specialty rolls—crafted from shrimp tempura, softshell crab, and salmon—behind chilled cases of fresh fish. Indecisive diners can request omakase meals, assortments of seasonal dishes handpicked by the chef to showcase culinary skill and an ability to match meals to wallpaper swatches.
• For $17, you get $35 worth of Japanese fare and sushi during dinner. • For $8, you get $16 worth of Japanese fare and sushi during lunch. Irashiai's chefs parade an extensive menu of handmade sashimi, nigiri, and maki before diners in the restaurant's new location. Black-caviar sashimi ($3.50 for lunch, $3.75 for dinner) admits diners into elegance like a butler's secret handshake, and nigiri aficionados can sample sticky rice topped with such offerings as fried oyster ($2.00) or shrimp ($1.50). The island roll with panko fried tuna, citrus tobiko, and ponzu sauce ($6.95) tickles taste buds with tropical flavors without committing the faux pas of eating a lei. Yakisoba sautéed with thin egg noodles ($8.50) brims with chicken and veggies captured before they could set out on their morning swim, and a wide variety of bento boxes and lunch combos frolics beneath the restaurant's wasabi-green walls.
In addition to various authentic dishes, Sushi Hana rolls up more than 100 different varieties of sushi to appease seaweed-faring palettes. After memorizing the menu, sink incisors into sushi staples such as yellow-tail hamachi, California rolls, and vegetable rolls, or hunker down with Sushi Hana's signature rolls, such as the Yellow Submarine (mango, cream cheese, and avocado topped with yellow tail and pickled jalapeno slices, $9.75), the Master Roshi's Banana Boat (crab, banana, cream cheese, walnuts, tempura fried and served with Hana gravy, $7.45), or the Tokyo Tower (eel, mozzarella cheese, avocado, egg, fried w/sliced almonds and served on pesto cream sauce, $14.95). Seafood seekers not so stable on their sushi legs can opt for a Japanese grilled-fish dish, such as the Chilean sea bass ($7.95), while meat eaters can hang a fang on the curry-chicken rice bowl ($11.95).