June 25, 2011


Sakura may be a bit more spacious and affordable than Benihana, but in all other respects -- including the teppanyaki grills and a crowd full of non-Asian groups celebrating birthdays and other joyous moments -- the two are one in the same.  (I guess one other difference is that Sakura serves shabu-shabu whereas Benihana does not).

Overall, the food is good.  But if it weren't for a friend's birthday dinner, I probably would not have chosen to dine here.  I will admit that this type of dining is indeed good for larger groups, particularly those who enjoy being entertained by grillmasters (aka - pyromaniacs).

Amongst 6 people, we ordered/ shared 3 teppan combos: (1) Filet Mignon and Shrimp; (2) Teppanyaki Steak and Shrimp; (3) Filet Mignon and Scallops.  In addition, we ordered shrimp flame, sauteed mushrooms, fried rice and noodles.  Most notable items were the filet mignon and the fried rice - yum!

Onion Soup (part of combo)

Side Salad

Lo mein noodles with sauteed vegetables

Tasty fried rice

And we must not forget the sake - the sweet and ultra smooth sake that puts most everyone in happy moods.

If you're in the area, give it a try.  I also hear the lunch specials are better!

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cuisine: Japanese
location: La Canada (yes, kind of a random location)
website: { Sakura | yelp }
attire: Casual 
parking: free lot parking
notes: It's located in the new plaza at the corner of Angeles Crest and Foothill Blvd.