So we finally made our way down to Izakaya Sakura on Saturday evening. We were joined by a couple unsuspecting friends who had no idea what they were in for! We forewarned them that this is NOT a "sushi bar" and don't even think of a California roll or risk being thrown out! I have to say the menu was overwhelming, some great standouts and some really different things. We could have ordered more but we were had a time limit (baby sitter). Some pics suffered from bad lighting and I had to adjust digitally.
Tako wasabi - served in a martini glass. Not what I was expecting! But this (raw) octopus marinated in fresh wasabi was a unique treat. I’m not sure if our dining companions were horrified, but they ate at least half of it and I polished off the leftovers. Lucky I didn't order the shiokara!
Pirikara Maguro - spicy sauce with nice big cubes of ruby red maguro. I would have done the other maguro with the yamakake but I was pushing the limits already with our companions.
Aji sashimi - Wow, this was huge, perfectly fresh and the bones returned deep fried. Excellent!
Asari clams in sake, shoyu, and butter, these were wonderful little steamed clams. A definite standout!
Tempura Shishitou peppers - my new favorite pepper, this time deep fried in tempura batter. I think I prefer the grilled ones we had a Yu Me Ya last week. The tempura batter muted the deliciousness of these peppers.
Albacore Tataki - excellent rendition topped with sweet pickled onions.
Croquettes gratin - these were good, not sure if there was any "gratin", there are better ones at Yu Me Ya.
Fried Mochi Rice balls - my SO ordered this. It was almost like deep fried chewy mozzarella. I'm not a big "cheese" fan at all and this is what it reminded me of. I could pass on these next time.
Uni nigiri - perfect. And at this point, I would tell anyone that Uni is easy compared to raw Tako!
I need to go to Sakura maybe a dozen times to try all these different things. I think there are easily over hundred items on that menu (it's four pages long). They have about a dozen sakes by the glass, very nice pours, overflowing into cherry wood boxes. Thanks to chowhounds MVNYC and KirkK for this excellent rec!
3904 Convoy St #121
San Diego, CA 92111