We recently tried Sakura Garden in Glastonbury for dinner twice, then went back yesterday for lunch. We're convinced this may be our new favorite sushi place in the state. Yes, I still love Wild Ginger in Orange, but this may be one step beyond! Their sushi and sashimi offerings are extremely creative, their cocktails are equally inventive and tasty, and the restaurant itself is just gorgeous. The first time we went, they even got the background music just right--something kind of electronic, yet mellow-sounding (satellite radio) that set a nice tone for dinner.
But, the food! We started with kani salad. You know the drill. It's kind of like the sushi restaurant test for how good the meal might be. It's so simple, yet some people deliver it better than others--this was one of those places. And the portion was quite generous, too.
We shared two specialty rolls--the Othello Roll (tuna, salmon, jalapeno and cucumber, topped with black tobiko and wasabi tobiko) was a stunningly bejeweled roll decked out in all that tobiko and it tasted every bit as good as it looked. We also enjoyed the Ivory Tower Roll (spicy tuna, Japanese ginseng carrot, fresh arugula, sesame seeds and potato crisps with flavorful ginger dressing). Again, the presentation was simply beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed every bite. I'm afraid my photos simply don't do these dishes justice.
And, as to their cocktails, well, let's just say the deliciousness doesn't stop at the sushi bar. On our first visit, I had a pear sake-tini that was just perfect.
We went back for lunch yesterday (no photos), shared a maki lunch of spicy tuna roll and spicy salmon roll and a specialty roll of spicy tuna and tempura banana that really took fusion to a new level. I love fried bananas and love spicy tuna...never thought to roll them together, but am glad someone did. The spicy tuna had a hint of nuttiness in it (sesame oil?). Whatever it was, it made for a very tasty twist on the ordinary. Their sauces are delicious, as is their ginger dressing. I also enjoyed a lychee martini with the meal.
I cannot wait to get back here with our friends. Since I noticed they have two other locations (Hamden and Evergreen Walk in South Windsor), I asked if the menu varied from place to place. Apparently, the base menu is the same, but the specials are different in each location. Has anyone been to the other locations to say how those compare to Glastonbury?
- dining area within bar
- kani salad
- Othello Roll
- Ivory Tower Roll
Thanks again to geminigirl for recommending Sakura Garden! I'm so glad to have a place like this so close to home. DOMO ARIGATO!
120 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033