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New Chow in Burlington, WA.

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New Chow in Burlington, WA.

chefrobare | Jun 14, 2008 05:15 PM

Last night we visited the newest addition to the Burlington culinary scene, Sakura Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Restaurant. It's in the new strip mall across from the also new Hampton Hotel on Burlington Blvd. It's a Teppanyaki, or as they say stateside, Hibachi style eatery. From the parking lot you get no idea of what's really going on inside. The door is on the extreme end of the building, and with the windows being all painted over it appears much smaller than it actually is. Once inside you'll find eight Habachi grill setups. The fun starts when your chef begins clanging spatulas and igniting the grill as an introduction to the usual displays of flaming onion volcanoes, flipping eggs into his hat, slicing and dicing trickery, and other culinary skills. The food is fresh and well prepared, although it suffers from a general blandness. It seems that someone is afraid to introduce bolder flavors that may scare off some of it's customer base. Prices are reasonable with most Habachi combos around the $20 mark. I'd be interested in hearing some other views and experiences with this new startup. The owner, Chad, introduced himself as the "Troublemaker" who created this venture. From the full house he had last night it appears that "Trouble" likes company.

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