Providence, RI – Sakura Japanese Cuisine

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Published on: October 29, 2007
Sakura Japanese Cuisinei
231 Wickenden St.
Providence, RI
401.3316861
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My children have been asking me recently how many states I have been to. I had to think about it but I realized that I had been to 46 states. All except Alaska, Mississippi, Missouri and Rhode Island. So this week since I was only about 45 minutes away in Westborough, MA — I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I drove down to Providence, RI looking for sushi.

I had been planning to buy a GPS unit so after work I stopped at Best Buy and bought a Magellan Maestro 3200. I used it to search for a sushi restaurant in Providence and it found Sakura.

Sakura is a full menu Japanese restaurant on the edge of downtown Providence. The restaurant occupies a large storefront in a rehabbed building. Inside there is a small sushi bar. It was hard to get a feel for the size of the restaurant because it is layed out so haphazardly.

Right away, I was struck by the friendliness of the staff.The sushi, chefs, my waiter and the rest of the staff were cheerful and helpful. Sakura is one of those places where everyone who walks in is treated like a regular. Everyone seems to be greeted by name.

Sakura scores big on atmosphere but ultimately I judge a sushi place on the fish. Tonight I felt like a hot appetizer so I started with the stuffed button mushrooms. Not exactly a Japanese specialty but with a Japanese accent they were awesome.

I ordered the Sashimi deluxe combo and it came with Miso, salad and dessert. The salad had a vinegary dressing and wasn’t too bad. The Miso was good and on a cool night it really hit the spot.

The menu said the sashimi combo came with six types of fish and the deluxe version came with seven. When my meal arrived, I don’t think I understood that seven types of fish meant 23 pieces. The combo had salmon, tuna, albacore, red snapper, yellow tail, seared tuna and one other type of fish that I cannot remember. The presentation was rather average, lots of sashimi on Japanese radish mounds in a round deep walled dish.

The fish was great. I love albacore and the albacore  at Sakura was nearly perfect. All of the fish was fresh, cool and tasty. The albacore and salmon were my favorites. Afterwards I had ginger ice cream, included with dinner.

Sakura was a near perfect sushi experience, I will be back the next time I am in Rhode Island.

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