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Sakura Terrace in Bloom

Story By Ali Resich Photos By Nathalie Walker
January 29 - February 4, 2012

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Since Sakura Terrace opened on South King Street in November, it has already become a local hot spot known for fresh seafood and affordable yet upscale Japanese fare.

Its name references the sakura, or cherry blossom, which blooms each spring for a fleeting moment, leaving many eager to catch a glimpse of the flower’s immense beauty. Holding an array of symbolisms, the sakura brings new beginnings, just as its namesake ventures into new culinary frontiers with irresitable hot items — all served on hot plates and available briefly, like the blossom itself.

  • Broiled Ika ($9), Japanese Barbecue Ribs ($9) and Black Tiger Shrimp ($9)
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Locals fell in love with the eatery’s instant hits such as Sakura Chirashi Sushi Don and Spicy Ahi Don. And before long, you
will delight in Sakura Steak ($15) as well, featuring 8 ounces of sauteed USDA Choice Steak. Marketing director Marilyn Cariaga suggests dipping the succulent meat into a mixure of ponzu sauce and grated daikon with a touch of Japanese pepper for a twist. The dish also comes with asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, red and yellow peppers, rice, miso soup and wasabi.

As tasty as the spring bloom is beautiful, Sakura Nimono ($7) is a hard-to-find appetizer including boiled daikon, shaped into a cherry blossom and filled with chopped shrimp. The mixture is simmered in a soy, mirin and sake sauce along with a medley of Japanese fishcake, konnyaku, shiitake mushroom and quail eggs.

The comfortably modern dining space, complete with indoor and outdoor seating, as well as chic interior design, serves up other sizzling appetizers such as Broiled Ika (whole) and Japanese Barbecue Ribs, both priced at $9. Black Tiger Shrimp ($9) is sauteed in a butter sauce, and topped with garlic chips and a side of broccoli.

For an elegant lunch or romantic dinner, take in Sakura’s flowering menu before the season changes.

Sakura Terrace

  • Where
    • 1240 South King Street
    • Honolulu, HI 96814
  • Call
    • (808) 591-1181
  • Hours
    • 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Monday – Saturday
    • 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Sundays
  • Website