The most elite culinary schools assess their students with tests such as bobbing for sushi in barrels of soy sauce and chopping an onion without making it scream. Taste true professionalism with today’s Groupon to Sakura Ichi in Pomona. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get a chef’s omakase sushi adventure for two (an $80 value). The menu varies based on the chef’s choice, but typical meals include:
- Five kinds of sashimi
- Six pieces of sushi
- Three special rolls
- A soup and a salad
A side dish
- For $20, you get $40 worth of anything on the menu. Entrees range from $7.50 to $11.95, and special sushi rolls range from $7.50 to $14.95.
Lanterns flank the threshold of Sakura Ichi, beckoning diners to partake in an authentic Japanese dining experience replete with artfully arranged sushi and sashimi. Like the president ordering at a deli counter, the chef makes executive food decisions during the omakase sushi experience, choosing a shareable spread of sashimi and sushi. Minimalist place settings gain visual interest upon the arrival of a fleet of freshly swaddled special rolls, such as a Titanic roll of spicy tuna topped with salmon, avocado, and a slice of lemon. The Yankee roll’s all-American cream cheese, spicy crabmeat, and avocado combination, like factory-fresh American flags, comes in a crunchy, deep-fried coating. Chefs temper onslaughts of sushi with sides such as a fried jalapeño stuffed with cream cheese, spicy tuna, and crabmeat.
With names like Godzilla, Spider, and Dragon, Sakura Ichi’s sushi rolls sound like something straight out of a horror flick, but nothing could be further from the truth. The decidedly enjoyable rolls include combinations of tuna and salmon, shrimp and crabmeat, or barbecue eel and avocado blended with mango, yellowtail, cucumber, or cream cheese. The menu's hot entrees pull inspiration from pan-Asian culinary traditions and include crispy orange chicken, steak teriyaki, and fried shrimp, which pair well with house sake, martinis, and beer.