Slightly slow service and small sushi selections was balanced by excellent sashimi, good prices, and a calm, pleasant interior. I wouldn’t put Sakura at the top of my visit-again list, but if you’re in the area, it’s worth checking out.
Sakura Sushi Japan
Located in an unassuming strip mall (which features 2 bars, a liquor store, and a payday cash advance location) Sakura Sushi Japan doesn’t look like much from the outside. Although it was a bright and sunny day (about 27°C) the interior was dark – much more of an ‘evening’ sort of atmosphere than a daytime lunch feel. The interior is quite small as well, with perhaps 7-9 tables (I didn’t actually count) but as a good sign – about half of the tables were full once we sat down.
We visited after lunchtime as well (about 1:30 p.m. because of a late start to our day) so I wonder if it might have been busier if we had visited during the lunch or dinner ‘rush’.
We started with Agadashi Tofu, which I was quite impressed by. The pieces were large, and the dish was well-seasoned, hot, and the tofu was firm.
both selected tuna sashimi (which was thinly sliced, but very, very good) and then while I chose my favourite Ikura (salmon eggs) and chopped scallop battleship sushi pieces, Connie went for her favourite Saba (mackerel) along with a chopped scallop for herself and a Hotate (scallop). Her Saba and Hotate both looked delicious (though I’ll let you tell you more herself!) but we both agreed that the battleship-style sushi pieces were very small. (Only a few days later we were in Sushi House Banff, where she commented “now this is what chopped scallop should look like!”)
Most of the sushi is $1.50 each, which is a pretty good price for sushi in Calgary – click the “price chart” tag to see some of the other sushi places where we’ve shared the current price chart at the time of our visit.
|Sushi||Menu price (before tax)|
|Salmon & tuna sashimi||$9.00/ 7 pieces|
|Special (chopped) scallop||$1.50 / each|
|Ikura||$1.50 / each|
|Agadashi Tofu||$5.00/ 6 pieces|
If you live (or are visiting) nearby, and are interested in take-out sushi, their online menu offers a discount for take-out orders – visit their website for their menu and contact information.
Sakura Sushi Japan
6219 Centre St NW
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