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Yonge & Sheppard

Sakura Korean Japanese Restaurant

(2 reviews)

Sakura is located on Spring Garden Avenue, just off of Yonge Street, a few blocks north of Yonge and Sheppard. It’s in a pretty busy area with many other Sushi or Asian style restaurants nearby. Please read our conversational review, below.

brandon
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5.0  /  10Nothing special about Sakura other than the unique washroom fixture in the mens washroom. Go elsewhere.
fred
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5.0  /  10Sakura can be skipped for sure. The food will not satisfy, and you’ll have to scoop those candies before they take them back! Hope you’re quick.


7 Spring Garden Avenue
416.227.2270
Review Date: May 8, 2012





brandon
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So we received an email from a Sushi Toronto fan, Alisa, from a somewhat suspect .ru email account:

‘could you please review “Sakura” … 7 Spring Garden Avenue North York, ON M2N 3G1 thanx!’

How could we turn that request down?


fred
Comment ArrowHehe… I *never* turn down anything from a “.ru” email address… nothing.


brandon
Comment ArrowThat’s for sure! So we decided to make the long trek out to the Yonge and Sheppard area. Walking from the subway station to Sakura I spotted a bunch of other sushi joints. Seems like this area is packed full of them!


fred
Comment ArrowYep, little Spring Garden Avenue (and around the corner on Yonge as well) seems to be a fairly high concentrated sushi area. Can “Sakura Korean Japanese Restaurant” stand out among the competition? Your fearless Sushi Toronto team decided to find out.

As we walk in we’re greeted and seated immediately. The place is a bit of an old-school sushi restaurant look and feel – with plenty of seats available this Tuesday evening around 7pm.


brandon
Comment ArrowYeah the place looks like it’s been here for a while and could use a fresh coat of paint or something. Oh well, so we immediately were served some tea once we sat down and got a chance to look through the menu. Spotted the usual sushi pizza but this time, there was also the “Spicy Sushi Pizza”! That’s a first and a must order of course. In the end we went with Spicy Tuna Rolls, Spicy Sushi Pizza, Black Dragon Roll and their own named Sakura Roll which is another must buy as per Sushi Toronto review rules.


fred
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Some complimentary apps arrived quickly. No complaints here although a couple of them were likely supposed to be warm, and they weren’t.

Also, plates?… Crazy concept, I know – We had to ask for some. They arrived quickly but full of moisture.


brandon
Comment ArrowThe free apps were alright I guess. Nothing to complain about. I did notice you were wolfing them down though! Hungry? LOL


fred
Comment ArrowFreddie was a bit hungry, yes…I had a large can of Sapporo, which came with a glass, but had to open and pour it myself—small thing but when I see the effort made, I become a fan. Anyway, the dishes arrived quickly. First up was the Spicy Sushi Pizza. The look was fairly unique… And, yes, it was spicy. No complaints from me on this dish.


brandon
Comment ArrowThe Spicy Sushi Pizza was alright. A bit of a mess as tons of stuff was thrown on top and fell off trying to eat the pieces. They did have a decent “spice” to them. I would have liked the deep fried bed of rice part to be warmer though. Felt like it was sitting too long before they served it to us. Next out was the Black Dragon and Spicy Tuna rolls served in one plate.


fred
Comment ArrowThe Spicy Tuna was definitely underwhelming – fairly bland and heavy on the rice.

The Black Dragon wasn’t much better, for me: “meh”.


brandon
Comment ArrowYeah not much taste to the spicy tuna rolls. Just a clump of spicy sauce with small bits of tuna. The Black Dragon roll was alright but nothing really stood out about it other than the fact we were debating if this was actually the Sakura Roll or not as we just couldn’t remember what the descriptions were. You know, it’s a nice touch when waiters/waitresses actually announce what the dishes are when they place them on the table. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen here.


fred
Comment ArrowTrue—I like that as well… You don’t even have to go into “Wow Sushi” detail, just announce what they are.

That left the Sakura roll. This one was fairly unique in look, and I didn’t mind it. It was “alright” – better than the other two.


brandon
Comment ArrowFunny, in this case with the Sakura Roll, the waitress (a different one) actually did announce what the dish was to us. Agreed that it looked pretty cool, with some kind of deep fried sting bits draped over the top of the rolls. Tasted okay as well. Seems to be a general theme here.


fred
Comment ArrowAnnnnnnd, BAM! The bill arrives without anyone asking us if we wanted anything else.

The place was basically, ummm, empty so I can see how they wanted to free up seats-yes, you read that correctly.


brandon
Comment ArrowLOL. Yeah at that point, I started to get the feeling that they were rushing us out for some reason. Since it was my turn, I paid the bill and then headed to the washroom — To my surprise I found this right in the middle of the men’s washroom:

Not exactly what I was expecting to see in the Men’s Washroom. But looking back at the way things were going, maybe it’s par for the course at Sakura.


fred
Comment ArrowInteresting… Maybe that’s a value-add for customers: Do your laundry while you eat!

So, while you’re in the washroom the waitress goes into clean-mode… Meaning she takes the rest of your tea (hope you didn’t want that) AND the complimentary candies that she brought with the bill—huh?


brandon
Comment ArrowAgain, the feeling of “it’s time for you guys to leave” was there and swiping back the candies…wow. I guess her shift was about to end or something and wanted to close out our table ASAP and go home. Who knows but it leaves a bit of a sour taste to say the least. All in all was a mediocre experience. The food is average at best that is reflected by the cheaper prices. There’s so many other sushi options in that area that I am sure are much better restaurants in terms of food, experience and service. 5/10


fred
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Yeah, Sakura disappointed for sure. From the ‘meh’ food to the odd service. I’ll join your 5/10.


Discussion

3 comments for “Sakura Korean Japanese Restaurant”

  1. I don’t know why you said such kind of things about Sakura.

    The place is good, and the sushi is very decent, besides the owners, the lady and the gentleman are really nice, good and good people.

    Very friendly and they help you to make your food taste better.

    Excelent service, and very very friendly people.
    Shame on your comments guys

    Posted by Frank | December 30, 2012, 7:04 pm
  2. Avoid going cheap quality sushi shitty services. Hate this place.

    Posted by elida | January 23, 2013, 1:43 am
  3. Hey! I like Sakura! You guys are too harsh about this restaurant. Very friendly and good service. And they also always play my favourite kpop songs there. hehe

    Posted by Joanna | February 5, 2014, 12:44 am

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