Although a lover of food…. it took me a long time to get into eating Sashimi. When I was young, I went through a strange period of not wanting sauces or spreads added to anything. I’d eat plain rice and plain bread…..nothing added…. and luckily for me (and everyone having to deal with me) I popped out of that weird fad rather quickly. But this memory of being a strange child reminded me of my first encounter with Sashimi a few years back. I tried to tackle it with no soy, no wasabi – just straight down …and although I can pull that off now if I so desire (but why would you – as the flavours are so awesome), my first encounter with Sashimi left me a bit unsure that I would ever like it.
Wind the clock forward and I’m addicted. There is something so cleansing and satisfying about it and if anyone else shows reluctance – I am quick to jump up and down adamantly claiming they will love it also if they just give it a chance already!
Sakura is my closest therefore my local and apart from the Sashimi Moriawase ($38.00), I am also a big fan of their Gyoza ($9.40) and Chicken Karaage ($11.80). Their Wafu Kani Shumai – steamed crab dim sum ($11.80) is scrumptious also, and I can’t go past getting that each time either.
Their mains section is quite large, from Moreton Bay Bugs Sakura Style, Hire Katsu (deep fried crumbed pork fillet), Beef Teriyaki, Chicken Yakitori and much more – there is a lot to choose from. On our visit we also had the caramel deep fried ice cream and that was the only disappointment. It seemed to be more like a cake batter and was quite hard to finish as it was very heavy.
The service can go from extremes – from overly attentive to completely forgetting you are there however, the food once ordered arrives quickly and always with a smile.
Sakura Japanese Restaurant
9 Gladstone Rd, Highgate Hill (Cnr Vulture St)
Mon-Thurs – 6:00pm-10:00pm
Fri-Sat – 6:00pm-10:30pm