Looking to avoid the afternoon slump that can hit an office-worker like me who has overloaded on lunch, I was pleased to see Sakura opening up near my office on the 1500 block of Spring Garden. There were more than two dozen great looking options for the lunch roll special, so I decided to try them out on opening week.
It's a clean & tidy little spot, not unlike most of the sushi joints closer in towards downtown, with a small bar that seats about 5 and maybe a half-dozen tables. In the weeks following their opening I'm pleased to see that they always have a healthy lunch crowd and are hustling out the orders.
I opted for the 2-roll Lunch special for $7.50; two of your choice with a cup of miso soup and a simple salad.
I enjoyed my lunch outside on a weirdly warm day - here's the spread pictured above.
I've kept to the more standard fare; salmon, yellowtail and standard tuna. My colleagues have tried rolls like the tofu skins and found them pleasant. The soup was a nice pick-me-up and while the salad dressing was a zesty ginger, overall it reminds me of 'Japanese Steakhouse Salad' I would have as a kid, meant to tide you over before the knife-show...simple iceberg-cuke-tomato.
I haven't tried Domo yet, around the corner down on 18th and Callowhill, but I'd definitely put this on the map if, for some weird reason, you find yourself around N. Broad & Spring Garden and in need of sushi.