Once mastered, chopsticks are the most manageable eating utensils, unlike forks, which get mangled in the dishwasher, or fingers, which get lost in the mouths of teething sock puppets. Eat easily with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese fare at Sakura Home Japanese Restaurant on Monroe Avenue.
The chefs at Sakura Home Japanese Restaurant dazzle patrons with hibachi showmanship and a menu rife with ocean-fresh sushi rolls, tempura delicacies, and tangy barbecued meats. Nine pieces of thick-cut fish spread out on the seaweed carpets of a sushi dinner ($17.99) that features a classic tuna roll and a crab-stuffed California roll, while the Alaska roll ($6.50) wraps salmon, avocado, and cucumber in snow-white rice from the summits of Mount McKinley. Diners arm themselves with copious napkins before charging into the Asian barbecue ribs’ ($18.99) flanks of tangy pork, and crispy pieces of shrimp tempura ($18.99) culled from Japan’s teriyaki seas return to familiar environs in house-made tempura dipping sauce.
A wooden bridge carries guests over a small, pebble-strewn pond and into the depths of the earth-toned eatery. Diners eschew chairs for soft mats in a tranquil tatami room, and Hibachi chefs stationed at grill-tables juggle knives while pet dragons nip impatiently at their heels.
Sakura Home serves up a variety of specialty sashimi and sushi rolls such as Toro, which is comprised of tuna belly fat and uni. Guests further experience a Japanese dining tradition in the restaurant's tatami room, where they sit atop plush cushions on the floor and eat at low-resting tables. But the restaurant isn't entirely chair-free—a private hibachi room seats diners around a table with an inset grill, where skilled chefs make a show of slicing and sizzling steak, lobster, and vegetables. Out in the main dining room, sushi makers also put their skills on display while crafting specialty rolls with ingredients such as tuna and honey mayo.