My husband and I had an excellent dinner at this restaurant. The food was wonderful . The service and ambiance are also very good.
When we entered the restaurant we were given a choice of seating options. If you went to the right, you sat at a table with others. If you went to the left, you sat at your own personal table. We went to the left. Most diners opted to sit on the right. This side looked very festive. On the right diners watched their meals being cooked, and probably enjoyed conversation with the chef and watched dramatic cooking techniques. Each chef stood in the middle of a square table, with diners on three sides of him. Each of these tables sat roughly 9-12 people. Occasionally we saw huge flames shooting up from a chef’s grill, and heard cheering. I suspect the chef put on a show and might have led the conversation. I think kids would love the right side of the restaurant. We want to try it next time we visit.
I believe the hostess said the left side of the restaurant has appetizers and happy hour drinks, and maybe the right side did not. The hostess also said the dinner menu on both sides of the restaurant is the same.
We sat at a table for four on the left.
The restaurant recently changed names, and possibly changed the menu format.
Our menus in late February 2018 listed lots of appetizers and other dishes but only about 8 dinner options. The menu said that only the people on the right side of the restaurant could choose from a huge list of dinners. Our server told us that the menu was wrong: we could choose from the entire menu, except the food would not be cooked in front of us, like it is on the right side of the restaurant. (By now they have probably reprinted the menu.)
The menu offered a lot of teppanyaki dishes. According to Wikipedia, teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. Propane-heated flat surface grills are widely used to cook food in front of guests at restaurants. A teppan is a metal grill.
We ordered two teppanyaki: steak, and chicken with shrimp. Both were truly excellent. The meat was tender, flavorful, and cooked without breading. The chicken and steak were cut into cubes as I recall. (We ate there a couple weeks ago, and my memory is not perfect.) We had fresh veggies on the side. We had rice. We must have ordered a complete dinner. Before the meal we had a beef broth soup, which was average. We also had side salads, which had very fresh crunchy lettuce along with some other ingredients plus a wonderful dressing. For dessert we had a tasty cheesecake. On the whole I thought the food was excellent.
The restaurant is called Sakura Sushi and Teppan. We saw some other guests eating sushi, and would like to try it.
The left side of the restaurant has a counter where people can sit. We saw a family with two teenagers sitting there. They might have been watching a chef prepare noncooked items. Perhaps sushi? I don't know.
The left side of the restaurant has a bar where maybe 10 people could sit. There were plenty of empty tables near the bar. You could probably sit at one of these tables and have a drink. The restaurant is quite large.
The restaurant is a bit pricy. Our bill was $63 for two complete dinners, one Sapporo, and cheesecake. The price is worth it. The portions of beef, chicken and shrimp were quite generous. The food is high quality.
It is not easy to find excellent restaurants on the west side of Phoenix, or anywhere near Sun City West, where we live. We will definitely return to Sakura.
The restaurant is a little hard to find. The address is on Bell, but the restaurant is deep within the shopping center. I am not convinced it is visible from Bell.
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