Location: Downtown St. Paul
Carriage Hill Plaza 350 St. Peter Street St. Paul, Minnesota 55102 (651) 224-0185
Fri & Sat 11:30-2:30pm, 5:00pm-11pm Sunday 12pm-2:30pm, 4:00-9:30pm
Atmosphere: Sakura has a romantic, yet industrial feeling, with high ceilings and dim pendant lighting. The dining room is long and narrow, but features a full-length bar.
Menu: Appetizers include a variety of cold appetizers ( various fish and seafood items marinated in a variety of sauces, seasoned radish, boiled asparagus, boiled cold spinach.) Hot appetizers include pan-fried and steamed dumplings, sliced ribeye rolled with asparagus, fried tofu, oysters, boiled and steamed fish and seafood items, etc).
Prime slices of rib eye, fresh vegetables, tofu and noodles,
cooked in sukiyaki sauce. Yosenabe– “Japanese Bouillabaisse.” Seafood and vegetables cooked
in a flavored broth.
Shabu Shabu– Thin slices of rib eye and vegetables made at your table in
a seasoned broth. Chicken Katsu-Breaded chicken, deep fried and served on a bed of fresh cabbage. Tonkatsu-Breaded pork, deep fried and served on a bed of fresh cabbage. Yaki Niku-Marinated, thin slices broiled beef served on a bed of fresh cabbage.
Sushi and sashimi includes:
Maguro (Tuna). Bincho (Albacore Tuna). Hamachi (Yellow Tail). Shake (Salmon). Hirame ( Halibut). Suzuki(Striped Bass). Saba ( Mackerel). Tako (Octopus).
Ika (Squid)Ebi (Shrimp). Amaebi (Sweet Shrimp). Kani (Crab) Mirugai (Jumbo Clam). Hokkigai ( Surf Clam). Akagai (Ark Shell). Hotate (Scallop). Tamago (Egg). Unagi (Fresh Water Eel)Anago (Sea Eel). Uni-(Sea Urchin). Ikura (Salmon Egg). Tobiko (Flying Fish Egg). Masago (Smelt Egg) Bin Toro (Super White Albacore)
California (California Roll). Spicy Tuna (Spicy Tuna Roll). Anakyu (Sea Eel Roll). Salmon Skin (Salmon Skin Roll). Lob & Aspara (Lobster & Asparagus). Tekka (Tuna Roll).Shakemaki (Salmon Roll). Negihama (Yellow Tail Roll). Kappa Maki (Cucumber Roll). Tekka Maki (Tuna Roll). Oshinko (Pickled Radish Roll). Kanpyo (Seasoned Gourd Roll). Futomaki (Mixed Big Roll – cooked vegatables include katyo, spinach, black mushrooms, cucumber, fish flakes, and egg.) Shake Maki (Salmon Roll)
Specialty rolls include
Aspen, Caterpillar, Dr. Nick, Spicy Tuna, Mexican, #9, Philadelphia, Rainbow, Spider, Tempura, Dancing eel, Dragon
Price guide: Nigiri sushi (2 pieces per order) $4.00-8.50, Specialty roll $6.25-14.95
What we ordered:My companions ordered Negimaki (Asparagus)-
Sliced rib eye rolled with Aparagus and ginger sauce. I did not try this but it looked delicious and the others enjoyed it quite a bit.
Please excuse the terrible quality of this photo, but we also ordered the gyozo. Fried perfectly and packed with flavor!
The sushi I ordered at Sakura was amazing! I found a new favorite in the Aspen Roll (crab, shrimp, daikon sprouts, avocado, spicy mayonnaise, rolled with masago on top. The spicy tuna roll was also very good. The vegetables and fish were very fresh and had a great texture. The Phill roll was also quite good as long as you love a lot of cream cheese!
My companions ordered (clockwise from the top left): Ikura (salmon egg), Tobiko (flying fish egg), and several orders of uni (sea urchin), some of them with quail egg.
Also ordered was yellow tail (Hamachi), arctic clam (hokki)
Another companion ordered Sukiyaki, which first came with miso soup and house salad. The sukiyaki was decent, but not a favorite of my companion. The beef was somewhat chewy.
Another companion ordered the chicken teriyaki/shrimp tempura plate and really enjoyed it.
Service: Very friendly and patient, considering she was serving a large group.
Overall Impression: Cool atmosphere and delicious, fresh sushi. Prices seemed pretty reasonable compared to other Japanese restaurants.