Sakura TerraceDigest Step Up to the Plate
July 5, 2015
Story By: Abby Sadoy | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Deluxe Sakura Chirashi ($26)
Japanese cuisine is awaiting you on South King Street, and those who can’t wait to try it won’t be disappointed. Diners walking into Honolulu’s Sakura Terrace are greeted with a modern-chic ambience that lets all guests enjoy their meals in its contemporary indoor or outdoor setting.
The elegant eatery offers selections of fresh and healthy seafood that look to satisfy and gratify its hungry customers. A worthy sample of its vast offerings is a bountiful serving of Deluxe Sakura Chirashi ($26). Patrons are presented with some of the ocean’s finest catches, such as ahi, salmon, abalone, uni, ikura, ika and more.
Adding to this hearty helping is a bowl of sushi rice with fresh-ingredient toppings. Garnished with tamago, masago, kampyo, kaiware and more, it delivers perfect and colorful flavors to this aquatic dish. The balancing acts between crunchy and chewy textures, as well as sweet and salty flavors, take Deluxe Sakura Chirashi up another notch.
The crunchiness of kaiware (radish sprouts) and kampyo (pickled calabash) adds contrast to the soft texture of the rice and chewiness of the sashimi.
Plump shrimp and unagi sauce build upon the many layers of flavors inside this bowl of savory sea creatures.
A zesty masago (fish egg) pop in your mouth entices your taste buds with a nice, salty kick to balance the sweetness of the rice.
This plentiful dish also comes with miso soup and tsukemono. Customers have craved and raved about the delightful deluxe, complimenting the big flavors that go into its big portions. Like chief chef Takayuki Sekine says, “It’s fresh, tasty, beautiful, and has the authentic Japanese taste.”
1240 S. King St., Honolulu
Lunch/cafe: Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dinner: Tuesday–Sunday, 5–10 p.m.