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Roving Restaurant Review for Sakura

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

Sakura is a Japanese Steak and Seafood house located in the Ocean City Factory Outlets. I’ve heard great things about Sakura and was excited about visiting the restaurant for the first time. I knew that the cooks prepared your meal directly in front of you, but didn’t know that it was almost a “dinner show”. Our food was prepared with great care and was presented in fun and fancy manner.

The staff was more than accommodating to our demanding needs. Originally, we had planned on having 5 people in our party. Due to a last-minute change of plans one member of our party had to leave unexpectedly and returned several minutes later with her son. The rest of our party ordered for them and the chef cooked our meals, including those that weren’t presently at the restaurant, and was more than nice about the whole situation.

After reviewing the fun triangular shaped menu, I decided to order the Sakura Vegetable Dinner consisting of assorted vegetables cooked with a special Japanese seasoning. I’m a vegetarian, and was excited to see that they actually had a vegetable option on the menu, which consisted of primarily meat options. The dinner was as delicious and the chef kept piling more vegetables and fried rice on my plate as he was cooking. It was like a never ending dish of veggies! I went home with plenty of leftovers to stash in my refrigerator for later.

My dinner companions ate the Shrimp and Chicken Combination meal and the Filet Mignon Steak Entrée. The filet was described as tender and delicious. The shrimp and chicken was seasoned with herbs and spices in a Japanese style and was scrumptious. The chef performed “smoking volcano” tricks while he chopped, diced, and made our appetizing food. He even spun an egg, then used his spatula to fling the object, and then caught it in his chef’s hat.

Each dinner entrée was served with Sakura’s homemade dipping sauces made of natural ingredients.
Two sauces were placed in front of me: A creamy orange sauce, and a brown dipping sauce. I was told that the creamy one was used for seafood dishes while the brown sauce was used primarily for other meats. I tried both with my vegetables was pleased with the great taste of both. Seeing as my friends were constantly dipping their dishes in these sauces, I’m sure they tasted also.

Drinks. Drinks were good. I was in the mood for a fancy drink and ordered the Green Dragon off of the drink menu. The bartender mixed up my jolly green drink. I took a sip and said, “Whoa. That’s strong.” The bartender must have seen my puckered face. She came back to our table with another drink and told me to try it. It was much better! Midori Melon Liqueur, pineapple, and orange juice garnished with an orange and cherry. Delicious when prepared correctly. Traditional beers and a few specialties were served to those in our party with a nice chilled beer glass. Coke products were also on the menu.

restaurant is decorated nicely and is very clean. The location was the only downfall, in my opinion. I’m sure that if the restaurant was located on the water or had a water-view, their atmosphere would feel more comforting and appealing. The outlet location works for those looking for something to eat after a day of shopping or exploring in West Ocean City.

After my Sakura experience, I would definitely eat there again. My meal was delicious (even as leftovers two days later!). Also, you can often find 10% or 15% off coupons in local newspapers, visitor guides, or mailers that make a difference when you look at your bill. I was impressed by the accommodating staff and our chef and hope am planning on visiting Sakura again, soon. If you haven’t tried Sakura yet, go try.

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