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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
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Pittsburgh Restaurants

Social House 7

We return to Pittsburgh.  Social House Seven is located in the cultural district of downtown Pittsburgh and is a Japanese style restaurant.

The Food

In addition to Japanese fare, Social House also features Thai and Korean food items.  There are a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, noodles, rices, meats, sushi, and robata which are items grilled over Japanese charcoal.  There are two ways to go.  The first choice is to load up on the smorgasbord of appetizer and sushi options.  The second choice is to get an appetizer, soup or salad, and one of their entrees.  For appetizers, try the chee chee fried brussel sprouts with almonds, chilli sauce, kobe kimchee wonton with spicy peanut sauce, the wok charred rice cakes with Korean BBQ sauce, or the truffled risotto with mushrooms and snow peas.  The house miso soup is delicious.  My favorite two entree items are the scallop pad thai and the Chicken with Hidden Dragon Sauce, which is Szechuan peppercorn, chili paste, and ssamjung.  There is also a terrific sushi menu that offers a wide spectrum of choices, but does not overwhelm with too many items to select from.  The tuna tartare is a favorite from this menu.  Also, from the specialty roll options, go with the Godzilla roll, which is salmon, cream cheese, scallion, topped with seared spicy tuna.  It is a little on the expensive side, but well worth it.

The Service

I have been to Social House on three occasions in various states of how busy the restaurant was in.  In all three visits, the staff was very well organized, professional, and friendly.  At one visit, the restaurant was quite busy, and I had tickets for a show.  I was concerned that I might be late, but the staff served our food and got our bills to us efficiently and timely.  Even as frazzled as the wait staff may have been, they were very warm and engaging.  Bravo!

The Ambiance

Social House provides a venue with spectacular ambiance.  From the moment guests walk in, one is emersed in a warm and welcoming environment.  The vestuble has a glass floor with a coy pond underneath which can go unnoticed during a day time visit.  The main dining room is spacious with half moon shaped booths around the space’s perimeter that provides more intimacy.  The walls have murals on them which are very detailed and quite stunning.  Acoustically, the room and music create a comfortable atmosphere.  The lighting uses a nice balance of natural and artificial to create warmth.  My recommendation is to visit during the winter.  It is another Pittsburgh establishment where it is nice to hunker down on a cold wintry evening.

Overall

Reasonably priced and aesthetically pleasing, it is without any hesitation that after great dining experiences at Social House that I give it my highest ranking and overall rating of:

“Absolutely Must Visit!”

Contact

123 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15222
412-709-6808
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