Sakura Sake Northbridge
I married into a foodie family, and for a special family occasion towards the end of last year, we visited Sakura Sake Northbridge on the recommendation of my sister-in-law. I swear that she’s either psychic or is in the know in some secret foodie underground, because every time she recommends a place to us, I see see it pop up on Urban List.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is dark and intimate, and diners are seated at japanese style booths. Ordering is done through an iPad located at the edge of the table.
We ordered tempura veggies and a beef tataki. However, the stand out dish for us was the Sakura Sake Platter (XL) – 100 cm. I’ll let the photo speak for itself.
The platter had a mix of everything off the menu, including (from left to right) sashimi, nigiri, aburi, sushi roll, grilled unagi, gyoza, takoyaki, beef tataki, tempura prawns and edamame.
There was a fairly wide selection of sashimi that included salmon, tuna, kingfish, squid, scallop and possibly other fish I don’t know the name of.
The sushi was quite yum even as it exploded in our mouths and plates. I’m hazarding a guess that it’s the Seafood Roll listed on the menu, as it was torched salmon on top with katsu prawn inside. In a bid to identify sushi rolls, a quick Google search brought me to this post different types of sushi rolls. While it doesn’t have the actual roll I was looking for, it did help me eliminate the rest, leaving the most likely candidate for the Platter’s sushi roll as the Seafood Roll.
Everything was yum and fresh, and service was prompt and friendly. You couldn”t ask for more from any restaurant.
If there was anything that the restaurant could have done better, it would have been to clean up some of the font and images on the iPad. Our whole table really struggled to read some of the items on the menu. The background on the iPad had way too much going on, and was quite distracting. The font could have stood to be larger and not placed in front of images. Some of the images themselves were quite blurry. This place can stand to take a leaf out Authentic Bites Dumpling House’s (on Newcastle Street in Northbridge) book, where their iPad ordering system uses large pictures of the food and has clear prices and descriptions under the images themselves in large, crisp font.
Location: 155 James Street, Northbridge WA 6003
Opening Hours: Not listed on their website, but Facebook lists their opening hours as 5:30 PM to midnight.
BYO: No, but they have a decent list of alcohol, including sake.