Despite its name, this buffet restaurant serves not only Japanese cuisine but Western and Asian dishes too. The spread includes all the Japanese standards like sushi, sashimi, tempura and teppanyaki, complemented by dim sum, lobster salad, grilled meats, among others.
I visited this outlet for dinner on a Saturday evening, expecting the worst after reading all the bad reviews. To avoid any trouble, I reserved a table for 4, with my family, at 2pm on the same day and we arrived right on the dot at 5:30pm.
The food looked great. It looked freshly cooked, but to my surprise it was pretty cold. The food that was supposed to be hot was cold and the food that was supposed to be cold was at room temperature. Even the freshly cooked food was cold.
Initially I was quite upset, but the flavour of the food was pretty good. Nothing was too bland nor overpowering. The sashimi was good and the crab legs were exceptionally tasty. The cakes for dessert were delightful.
The ambience wasn't too bad, although it started to get pretty crowded and squeezy past 6:30pm. I noticed there were reviews that highlighted their lack of good service, but for my experience, the food was topped up pretty quickly and in plentiful amounts. They could have been short on manpower.
Overall a good experience. I'll recommend for future patrons to reserve your seats in advance and try to come as early as possible.
Enjoy your time there! Cheers!
I went to Sakura with good expectations from the photos they had shown on the Internet. However, I was unhappy the moment I went in because I think they had a Snow Crab Special so it added like $20 plus to my total bill and the thing is that the Snow Crabs were not on a self-serve basis but served by their staff in very, very small portions. The sushi was not even served at the right temperature (it was warm), their other food were cold too. The food served there was of low quality like fried food and not even fresh. For their drinks section, they had a wide selection but out of the 3 machines there, 2 are not working, their glasses also had a smell of toilet water. For their pastries, it were just ok, not fantastic but not extremely bad too. The fruits were good and fresh but for their ice-cream, which they labelled as 'Artisan Gelato', tasted nothing like gelato but more of cheap local ice-cream brands. The tables and floor was dirty and it was pretty hot, the air-conditioning seems to be at a high temperature. Overall, I do not recommend Sakura anymore as it was pretty pricey for low-grade food.
I have went to Sakura a few days ago, there are a large variety of food!
I really liked japanese food, so I had a lot of sashimi! Salmon was fresh and tasty. Was a litte disappointed that my favorite yellowtail sashimi is not available. However they have a large number of around 5? Octopus, squid, tuna and etc
I took some pizza as well. A little hard but the taste was overwhelming!
The seafood area was great! Love the shellfish
However, as there are too many people in the restaurant, some food are not replenished and I had to wait for a long period of time in order to eat it.
My plates are left uncleared for a long time as well. But I guess it is alright as the table is very big. However, I have noticed that some other patrons were quite annoyed by this as they keep ask the waiter to collect it away.
Overall : foodwise is great and worth considering the price was not too expensive, however they should hire more chefs to cook the dishes!
To celebrate Father's Day today, we decided to try out Sakura's new branch at SAFRA Jurong for lunch.
The dining experience was a DISASTER...
To start off, the sashimi at the Japanese counter were really soggy. The cutting skills of the chef left much to be desired as well. Also, the restaurant should have provided separate food tongs for the sashimi and sushi - diners were using the tongs interchangeably as both tongs provided were at the sashimi level.
The teriyaki saba fish was tough and powdery. The rice oyster I tried was more rice than oyster; in fact, the oyster was so puny that it probably only consisted of 1/8 of the oyster shell it was served in and the rest of the space was filled with rice and covered with cheese.
The laksa was edible, but lacking in fragrance and the gravy was on the watery side. Other cooked foods, such as the squid with petai beans weren't replenished.
Fried foods such as chicken nuggets, salmon skin, tempura prawns and kakiage are available and are probably the most decent offerings in the restaurant. Afterall, how wrong can fried food go?
Dessert was disappointing too. The ice cream sitting in the tubs were as hard as rocks. I tried the brown sugar mochi but I could might as well have bitten into rubber. The staff took a long time before replenishing the fresh fruits as well.