Sakura is an Asian restaurant in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh at the corner of Forbes and Shady Avenues with Japanese and Chinese options.
Sakura’s menu offers a wide variety of items. There are plenty of appetizers, soups, salads, sushi, and entree options. The miso soup is delicious! They get the right balance of tofu, scallions, and seaweed, with a rich flavor. In my opinion, Sakura has the best sushi in Pittsburgh. There is a wide variety of some 60 different sushi and maki selections. A patron can order individual rolls or choose from special options of combos. No matter what roll I have gotten, it is always fresh with a crisp flavor. The rice is the perfect consistency where the rolls do not fall apart when dipped in soy sauce. There is always a healthy dose of wisabi and ginger. Making choices is always difficult. My two favorites are the spicy tuna sandwich with spicy tuna, seaweed salad, crab, with tempura flakes, spicy mayo, caviar, and green onion or the spicy salmon delight, with salmon, cilantro, jalapeno, topped with spicy mayo, and a Wisabi sauce. I got either of those each time I visit. There sichuan dishes are rich in flavor. Although, there Hibachi options are not prepared in front of you, they are very good as well. The Kung Pao chicken is the best I have had in the city. The food never misses here!
Whether it is at lunch or dinner, crowded or busy, the service at Sakura has been consistently efficient and friendly. Water glasses are filled up and dishes are cleared in a timely fashion. The greeter takes care of processing the bills for the servers, so there is no lingering wait at the end of the meal.
Sakura is a clean, pleasant, unassuming environment. The lighting from the front of the restaurant blends nicely with the lighting in the back. The acoustics are such that one can hear both the server and fellow diners at their own table with ease. It is a great place to eat in.
Sakura is my “go to” restaurant for sushi in Pittsburgh. Other places are good, but Sakura is consistently, the best. If you or anyone you are with is not in the mood for sushi, then Sakura has a large variety of other options from which to choose. My overall rating and recommendation is:
“Absolutely Must Visit!”