Location: 14 Rheinland Place, Colombo 3
Tel: .94 (0)11 2573877
Hours: 11.30 am to 2.00 pm and 5.30 pm to 10.45 pm
Overall: 3 Food Quality: 3 Service: 3 Ambience: 3
Sakura is one of the few Japanese restaurants in Sri Lanka. Whilst Japanese cuisine is not as popular as Chinese cuisine, this restaurant is fairly well patronised. Those who love Sushi are frequent visitors at Sakura. Residents also go to this restaurant to experience a change from the fare available at the many Chinese food outlets.
Sakura is closed on poya days and for a week at the time of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in April each year. It is located on a quiet street in the heart of Colombo, close to the city’s major hotel district. Parking at Sakura is not a problem.
The chefs at Sakura have been trained in Japan. The menu features an extensive selection of Sushi made from tuna, cuttle fish, white fish, prawns, fish eggs, eel (imported from Japan), curd, egg omlet and soya bean. The numerous Japanese dishes on the menu are great. Some of the favourites amongst patrons are; Teri Yaki (chicken or beef served with rice), Kouchi Yaki Meshi (Sakura’s very own rice dish with mushroom, white fish, peppers, etc.), Gyoza (pork and cabbage dumpling), Suki Yaki (meat of choice with egg, tofu, mushrooms and bean sprouts), Sashimi Moriawase (tuna, white fish and cuttle fish with wasabi sauce and radish), Katsu Don (rice with meat of choice) and Kanikorokke (crab cutlet).
Sakura serves liquor and have a variety of cocktails. The Saki, which is served hot or cold, is delicious. They have a few run-of-the-mill desserts for the sweet toothed.
The service is quite ordinary. The interior, whilst decorated in true Japanese style, is rather drab. However, the restaurant is very comfortable. The Sakura can accommodate 100 guests. 60 of the 100 seats are in Japanese Thathami style, i.e., low tables with cushions laid out on the floor.
A visit is recommended, especially for those who want a change and something different.