Thursday, 11 April 2013

[Review] Sakura


Our review on Kamogawa seems to be a big hit amongst the readers! This time we're back with another Japanese Restaurant that serves a pretty authentic taste, although with a more modern twist. They also have private rooms, tatami seating, karaoke (2 rooms), and reflexology! Talk about being a one-stop-shop. A good place to wind down with the family on a weekend.

Tuna Salad - 45thousand
Boiled tuna mixed with mayonnaise, a simple dish served with fonzu sauce.

Sakura Salad - 40thousand
Sliced smoked duck and salmon salad, served with sour and hot spicy dressing. We recommend this as starter out of the two salad , it was more flavourful and the duck was smoked really well. We think it's more bang for you buck. Though again the term 'hot spicy' term is lightly used here, Le Sister had no problems with it. If it's misused another time, we'd start thinking that Japanese have low tolerance for spicy food.

Cantik Maki - 100thousand
Avocado, eel and cucumber roll. A simple dish that is light on the taste buds, not to mention healthy too!

Volcano Roll - 55thousand
Sliced cucumber, avocado, crab meat roll served with mayonnaise and hot spicy sauce. We saw the table next to us devouring it, so we just had to try it too. It was ok, save for the 'lava'. There was too much mayo sauce on it that eating 2 piece would've been more than just enough.Oh! It's salty too, both the sauce and the roll itself. Not sure if it's just a one time mistake, or originally so.

Niku Udon - 60thousand
Udon served with sliced beef. The overall taste of this dish screams 'old school', the soup is light yet full of flavours at the same time, you could taste each ingredients. Though the beef was tad tough, and the udon wasn't as chewy as Marugame; we still enjoyed it. 

Yaki Gyoza - 42thousand 
Grilled pork and vegetables dumpling. Thin skin, juicy meat. 'Nuff said.

Kaisen Chirasi Don - 120thousand
Don means rice is Japanese. This particular one was served with sliced tuna, mackerel, prawn, salmon, octopus, and egg. If you're a fan of sashimi like Le Cousin J, do try this! She loved it.

Sanma Shioyaki Teishoku - 60thousand
Grilled sanma fish. It was fragrant, seasoned and grilled really well. Le Aunt P, and avid foodie too, mentioned it being one of the best she's tried, not a lot of places here in Jakarta does it this well.
We took away another 2 portion to bring home for Grandma. :)

Sake Kabuto Yaki - 50thousand
Grilled salmon head with salt, shoyu sauce and lemon. First off, it's huge! Huge. I can assure you it's definitely bigger than the one served in Sushi Tei and Edogin's buffet. We expected it to be around the same size, thinking it's the norm, boy were we wrong. Worth every penny I tell ya! It was fresh, juicy, fragrant and cooked to perfection.

Overall, we had a great meal. The food was great, we couldn't ask for more given the price. Will we back? Not in the near future, no. Not because of the food, but the location. They're located quite a distance from us, and including the traffic jam, it could take up up to 2 hours. No joke.

Jl. R.A. Kartini (T.B. Simatupang) No. 09
Lebak Bulus
Jakarta 12440

Telephone : (021) 751 1193

Operation Hours
Monday - Sunday : 9AM - 11PM
(Last order at 10:30PM)
Reflexology : 12PM - 9PM

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