Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 695 Grand Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105 651-292-0444
Hours: Lunch Monday-Friday 11:30 AM-2:30 PM Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:00-10:00 PM Friday 5:00-11:00 PM Open all day Saturday Noon to 11:00 PM Sunday 4:00-9:00 PM
Atmosphere: Located at the beginning of Grand Ave’s trendy restaurant district, Saji-Ya shares a building with Dixie’s Cajun Restaurant. Recently remodeled, Saji-Ya features a sushi bar within the main dining area, as well as a cocktail lounge. Teppanyaki tables are located upstairs. General vibe is contemporary yet romantic.
Menu: Saji-Ya serves a variety of traditional and modern Japanese dishes. To start off, try their delicious ginger chicken wings, edamame, teriyaki chicken or beef skewers, soft-shell crab, shrimp or vegetable tempura, tuna tataki, and sauteed mushrooms.
Japanese entrees include sukiyaki, okisuki, salmon steak, shrimp tempura, soba and udon noodles.
Sushi options include maki sushi (rolls), nigiri sushi (fish atop rice) and sashimi (raw slices of fish). Fish choices include albacore, yellowtail, red snapper, salmon, clam, octopus, various fish roe, shrimp and scallop. Full menu of sushi selections here.
Price guide: Appetizers $5-12 Entrees $17-24 Sushi and sashimi $4-15 (per order)
What I ordered: To start off, I had the Saji-Ya house salad. I highly recommend you try this salad! It is on the small side, but the dressing is like no other you have had anywhere…its light, creamy and just a little bit sweet.
My companion and I shared this gorgeous plate of Sushi. Clockwise from lower left: Hokki (arctic clam), spicy tuna roll, crunchy roll (masago, shrimp tempura, spicy mayo, and coated with tempura flakes), kaibashira (scallop mixed with spicy mayo), Ikura (salmon roe) and hamachi sashimi (yellowtail). Fresh and fabulous! The crunchy roll and spicy tuna roll are my favorite types of sushi. These were both excellent.
Another companion of mine ordered the spider roll (soft shell crab) and the Number 9 (shrimp, salmon and avocado). Thought they were excellent as well.
Service: Very friendly. Wait staff are knowledgeable about sushi and will make suggestions if needed. It does take awhile to prepare such beautiful sushi, but it is worth the wait. Reservations are accepted and a good idea if you plan to dine on a weekend evening.
Overall Impression: Fun and trendy, a good place to go for either sushi or teppanyaki. You get a decent amount of food for the money, but be prepared to shell out some $$ if you want to try many types of sushi. Saji-Ya is a long-time personal family favorite