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Pittsburgh Restaurants

Sakura Teppanyaki & Sushi

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.

The Food

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!

The Service

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.

The Ambiance

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.

Overall

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!”

Contact

5882 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-7188
Vist Sakura!

Pittsburgh Restaurants

Nakama

nakama pittsburgh

Nakama is a hibachi restaurant that has two locations in and around Pittsburgh, one on the South Side and another in Wexford in the North Hills.

The Food

Nakami’s prepares Japanese style food with a flair of entertainment.  The menu offers a large plethora of menu items.  The appetizers range from soups to egg rolls to salads to other prepared dishes.  The appetizers tend to be on the pricey side.  If you have a big appetite when you go, the scallops, miso glazed salmon, and Nakama onion soup, are all good items to start with.  There are a large variety of specialty dinners to select from with varying prices.  Every specialty dinner starts with a choice of a flambe shrimp or mushroom appetizer, their Nakama salad, onion soup, all steamed together with white rice and hibachi vegetables.  The menu tends to be a little overwhelming with its choices, particularly how similar menu items are to each other.  It seems like the restaurant staff would save themselves a headache by making the menu choices smaller.  The first time I visited, I had the Bob’s Favorite triple combination, which was a trio of steak, chicken, and shrimp.  My second visit, I was more on a seafood kick, and had the seafood combination.  Both dinners were outstanding.

The Service

Nakami’s service is very good, provided that you make a reservation.  This is not the restaurant to go to on a whim.  Because of the layout of the restaurant, if you show up in a group, many of the table seatings have been mapped out by those patrons who made reservations and it might be difficult to keep a group together.  The greeters, bartenders, and wait staff were very well organized, efficient, and friendly.  The chefs were the best of all.  They cooked right in front of you with expert knowledge with a flair for the entertainment.

The Ambiance

Nakami’s ambiance is well crafted.  The bar area is bright natural lighting with windows on two sides, as the restaurant sits at the corner of East Carson and 17th Streets.  The rest of the restaurant is a little darker, but still warm, to emphasize the brilliance of the fires at the stoves in the center of each dining room table.  Sound wise, the restaurant is filled with lively discussions and the whisp and snap sounds of cooking.  This is not the venue for soft private conversation as it is part spectacle as much as it is eating.  The entire atmosphere is welcoming and friendly.

Overall

Nakami is not only just eating a meal, as it is also part spectacle.  The warm environment, quality service, and tasty food, make for a satisfying meal experience.  It is even more fun if you are with a large group of friends, as it makes for a great outing.  Don’t forget to make a reservation.  My overall rating and recommendation is:

“Go For It!”

Contact

1611 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-381-6000
Nakama website