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Jammed into an unremarkable strip of businesses along a less-than-glamorous stretch of Centinela Avenue, Sakura Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar is easy to miss during the day. At night, though, the crowd of diners outside the small storefront calls attention to the sushi delicacies inside. The list of specials posted on the restaurant’s wall make for some of the day’s freshest choices, but unlike some of its Japanese cuisine counterparts, Sakura is just as well-known for its non-raw dishes, like its variations of udon and its saba shioyaki. Grab seats at the sushi bar along the restaurant’s back wall to watch the chefs in action, or slide into one of the many red banquettes for a softer seat that affords you room to stretch out. You’ll need it after a satisfying meal at Sakura.