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Sakura Restaurant

May 14, 2017

Uncovering A Hidden Gem

One recent afternoon, a Japanese food writer sat at the sushi bar at Honolulu’s Sakura Terrace Japanese Cafe and finished his lunch with delight. The writer, who spoke little English, said he was working on a book about Hawaii’s sushi restaurants for readers in Japan. Through a translator, he explained that this was his first…

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March 5, 2017

Where tasty, slurp-worthy fare satisfies all

Sakura Terrace Japanese Cafe is built to be purposefully secluded from bustling South King Street, giving patrons the perfect haven to escape the busyness of life in a relaxing environment with delicious Japanese fare. Come for lunch (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.), sit in the outside seating area shaded by breezy palm trees and indulge in Udon…

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May 12, 2013

Crossover Cuisine

Success in the restaurant business these days takes creative restauranteurs who truly understand their customers and are savvy about location without compromising their chefs’ culinary expertise and experience. At Sakura Restaurant, co-owners Jun and his brother, chef Ryo Tsuchiya, who hail from Japan, knew instinctively that in order to please the palates of Hawaii’s diverse…

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April 8, 2013

Sakura Restaurant

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Sashimi Donburi ($19) Fare with flair is what you’ll find at Sakura Restaurant on Waialae Avenue, where brothers and co-owners Jun and Ryo Tsuchiya treat their guests like family and present traditional Japanese cuisine, along with dishes that play up French, Italian, American and local influences as…

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March 10, 2013

Desserts That Carry You Off to Cloud Nine

Brothers Junichiro and Ryojiro Tsuchiya have brought Sakura Restaurant from Waimanalo on Olomana Golf Course to Waialae Avenue, and fans of the establishment will be happy to know that the food is still just as good and the desserts are even better! Ryojiro makes his own version of whipped cheesecake, and that makes for a…

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February 10, 2013

Savory Selections Are in Full Bloom

Just as the Japanese cherry blossoms continue to bloom year after year, Sakura Restaurant – which draws its name from the iconic flower – is flourishing yet again. Jun and Ryo Tsuchiya co-own Sakura Restaurant on Waialae Avenue, and the brothers continue to please Hawaii’s diners after initially gaining culinary experience by working for their…

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January 27, 2013 , ,

Here’s a Blast of Unagi Energy

In this day and age, who doesn’t need that occasional boost of energy to make it through the day? I know I do. International coffee chains and mainstream energy drink companies are raking in the bucks and making a fortune off of us just because we need that additional jolt. Yet, tell me why we…

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December 30, 2012

Flowering Fare

Sakura Restaurant has moved to Kaimuki from its original home of seven years at Olomana Golf Links. Founded by Shuntaro Tsuchiya and his sons Jun and Ryojiro, the casual restaurant features a menu of classic Japanese, American and local favorites, including a great selection of steak and fish dishes. Some of its most popular items…

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November 18, 2012

Sakura Restaurant Flourishes With Tantalizing Starters

Furikake chicken ($8) is one of the most popular items on the menu, says Jun Tsuchiya, who owns Sakura Restaurant with his brother, chef Ryo Tsuchiya. It’s no wonder. The chicken is a little sweet and, thanks to its preparation, is very juicy. Tsuchiya begins by marinating the chicken in a mochiko sauce before deep…

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October 21, 2012

New Restaurant Blooms in Waialae

In Japan, the beautiful sakura flowers bloom during the spring. It may be fall right now, but it’s clear that Sakura Restaurant, which just opened its doors a few weeks ago, is blooming into a popular, successful eatery. Junichiro Tsuchiya, who co-owns the restaurant with his brother, head chef Ryojiro, describes the restaurant’s cuisine as…

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