Restaurant offers eclectic menu

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Tori Koch

Do you love sushi? Do you love hibachi? Do you love insanely low prices?

Sakura is a gem in Winston-Salem. Located on South Stratford Road near Party City, it is the one dining experience I always miss when I go home to the north.

Sakura has something for everyone. Their extensive sushi menu is definitely not something to skip over, but if you are not one for fish or seaweed, their hibachi  and tempura menu is just as amazing. They have everything from shrimp shumai to steak hibachi to bento boxes.

For those who have never eaten out at a hibachi steakhouse, they tend to be very expensive with meals costing upwards of $20 because the chef cooks in front of you.

However, if you want the same quality food without the excess in price, Sakura has the deal. For less than $10, you will receive soup, a protein, hibachi vegetables and rice. It is filling to say the least.

Additionally, the staff at Sakura is wonderful. They always greet you with a smile and you are sure to be seated in less than five minutes.

They really love Wake Forest students  since they can receive a 10 percent discount with their Wake Forest ID.

Some of their great deals include “2 for $20” dinners and their $5 lunch specials.

Generally they give you a few different menu items to choose from and you can pick  one appetizer and two entrees — all served with soup or salad, vegetables and rice.

They change the options up every season, so be sure to check back for their new combinations. Although the inside décor is quote cozy, being able to sit out on their patio in the spring and summer is delightful.

One dish I would not recommend is their ramen. The taste can be inconsistent and the seasonings make it more like lo mein than ramen.

Also, take note that some of their mixed drinks are made with sake, rather than traditional liquors. It makes for an interesting twist.

Some of the more notable menu items are:

1) Stratford Roll: They roll crabmeat, shrimp, and Japanese mayo, and then fry the whole roll.

2) Salmon Bento Box: Includes fresh grilled salmon in cucumber sauce topped with mango salsa, four pieces of a California roll, vegetable tempura, steamed rice and clear or Miso soup as an appetizer.

3) Tempura Fried Ice Cream: Enough said.

Sakura can be a go-to for any occasion. Whether you are with friends, family or even looking for a cute date night, Sakura should be a top choice.