Sakura Sushi in West Des Moines makes a restaurant reviewer’s job very hard to do. As a reviewer, one must dine a few times, write a review, and move on. After several visits to Sakura, I found that last part very difficult. I continuously found myself wanting to return one more time. That is what makes Sakura Sushi so great–they always make you want to return for more. Visit after visit, they offered up great dining experiences–quality cuisine, exceptional prices, and extremely friendly service.
Sakura Sushi’s menu offers a variety of sushi rolls, appetizers, bento boxes, tempura dishes, teriyaki dishes, katsu dishes, soups, salads, rice dishes, and noodle dishes. The restaurant also has daily specials, including all-you-can-eat sushi for $19.99 on Monday nights. To start, I recommend the Gyoza ($4.25) and White Fish Tempura ($9.95) appetizers, both of which are tasty and filling ways to begin a meal. Sakura’s sushi is top notch. The Tai Fan, Lady Lobster, J.R., Crispy Crab, Phoenix, Volcano, and Angry Dragon rolls are all excellent choices. The Lady Lobster (lobster tempura, crab, avocado, and mango for $14.95), Volcano (a spicy California Roll topped with spicy crab meat and crunchies for $9.99), and the Angry Dragon (shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, and papaya topped with crab meat and chef’s special sauce for $13.95) are all instant favorites. Check out those dishes and more in the adjoining slideshow. Unlike most of the Metro’s sushi bars, no roll on the restaurant’s regular menu is priced over $14.95.
The service at Sakura is a large part of why the restaurant is always packed. Every table is treated like family, with servers giving attention to not only the adults, but the children as well. I watched servers give toddlers a closer look at the sushi chefs at work, and take the time to have an actual conversation with them. In most restaurants, a child gets and obligatory “she’s cute” or “how are you doing little guy” and that is about it. Despite the extra attention, the servers still are quick to get things done.
The restaurant is kept clean, and its small dining room is always bustling with customers during mealtimes. If you are planning on dining at Sakura, I recommend calling ahead for a reservation, especially on Monday nights and weekends. Otherwise, you may have to wait a little while to get a table. Stop by and try them soon. One visit and you will be hooked.
1960 Grand Avenue, #11
West Des Moines, Iowa