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Published August 19th 2012
Sushi restaurant perfect for the whole family
Sakura Japanese Restaurant & Korean BBQ, is located in Beverly Hills on the popular King Georges Road restaurant and café strip.
In my opinion, Sakura is the sushi roll specialist. Traditionally, sushi is a meal which combines vinegared rice with a range of other ingredients. The presentation of sushi can vary greatly, but in Australia we seem to associate the term sushi, almost exclusively with the 'sushi roll'.
Sakura has taken the sushi roll to the next level with a large variety of traditional and non-traditional fillings available, and all in a range of sizes. Take for example, the avocado and salmon roll. This can be ordered in the small size ($4), medium size ($6) or large size ($10). Or you can go one step further and order your choice of fillings as a 'special roll' ($13), which includes the sushi roll sliced and topped with a range of tempting ingredients like crab meat, mayonnaise and fish eggs.
Because the sushi rolls are all made fresh, it is easy to customise your order for even the fussiest of tastes. The waiter had to check twice when my 8 year old ordered the chicken katsu / schnitzel roll minus the lettuce, carrot, cucumber and avocado. However, it came out as ordered and the simple combination of freshly cooked chicken schnitzel with mayonnaise and vinegared rice was delicious.
As well as sushi, Sakura serves a large range of traditional Japanese food. The gyoza (Japanese style fried pork dumplings) was the highlight of my meal; perfectly crispy on the outside and with a generous amount of filling – yum. The restaurant also serves a range of meals, noodles and soups (from $11) as well as bento boxes for $25 and Korean BBQ meals from $15 to $25.
Mandu Soup - boiled dumpling soup
Japanese crab-claws ($9 for 4)
While the food at Sakura was delicious, what I love most about this restaurant is that it is family friendly. One of the first things I noticed when approaching the restaurant was that it is large and spacious with the tables set well apart from each other; there would be no trouble fitting a pram in next to your table, and noisy children would not cause too much disruption to other patrons.
Sakura is spacious with pleasant Japanese decor
The next time you are looking for a quick, easy and healthy meal for your family, check out Sakura. There is a car park next door, service is quick and you can feed a family of 5 for under $60 – we will probably be there too!