I had been wanting to go back to Izakaya Sakura but I had not had much luck as it was either closed or full the last couple of times I wanted to go, so I made sure I booked a table for us all this Wednesday night at 6:30pm. They were already pretty busy when we arrived but we were seated quickly. The menus were already on the table as place mats but was different to the menu offered when I last dined there.
A waitress brought us water and took our drinks order shortly after we were seated. As usual, each of us picked a dish and we just added a couple more so that we had enough to share.
Eggplant Dengaku with Miso Paste $8
Grilled Squid $10
Karaage Chicken $10
Kaki Fry Oyster $12
Spider Roll $15
Sashimi Sakura $33
Usuzukuri Hiramasa Chilli Ponzu $16
Whole Eel Don $18
Cold Zaru Soba $8
Taiyaki x 5 $40 ($8 each)
We were served a complimentary dish not long after our food order was taken and as we could not quite make out what it was exactly we asked the waitress who informed us that it was chicken skin...interesting. We all took a bit each and let's just say cold, marinated chicken skin is not our thing.
|Chicken Skin - Complimentary|
Apart from the chicken skin, We were all very happy with the food at Izakaya Sakura. Everything was fresh and tasty and beautifully presented but of course I do have some complaints, although very minor. The eggplant arrived first and it was infused with miso flavour but unfortunately it was saturated with oil, so much oil that it squirted out when you bit into the eggplant. I make miso eggplant at home and I know it doesn't have to be saturated with oil for it to be tasty and cooked through.
|Eggplant Dengaku $8|
|Grilled Squid $10|
|Karaage Chicken $10|
|Kaki Fry Oyster $12|
|Spider Roll $15|
|Sashimi Sakura $33|
|Usuzukuri Hiramasa Chilli Ponzu $16|
|Whole Eel Don $18|
|Cold Zaru Soba $8|
The waitresses were all very friendly, polite and always had a lovely smile on their faces. They checked up on us now and again but was a little forgetful, like when they forgot my plum wine which I so desperately needed that night and I had to ask for it after they brought out everyone else's drinks. They also didn't clear the table as often as I would've liked and did not top up our water automatically.
Atmosphere and decor - 4.5/5
I like the way that the restaurant is set up and the decor has enough Japanese influence for me to take them seriously. There was a nice buzz to the place. I loved the lighting because it was so easy to get good photos of the food.
Value for money - 5/5
Definitely worth the money and is cheaper than similar restaurants. The food is authentic and fresh, service isn't too shabby and it had a nice atmosphere and decor. Big thumbs up.
Will definitely be back for more tasty and authentic Japanese food.
Taste Test Total Score 17/20
Address: 2/182 James St, Northbridge WA 6003
Telephone: (08) 9328 2525
Monday: 6pm - 10pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 6pm - 10pm
Friday and Saturday: 6pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 6pm - 10pm