In Bryant, you'll find a roll that may change your mind about sushi, especially maki rolls. It contains no raw fish, is covered in steak and burns with a great wasabi spice. And for novice food lovers wanting to try something new, I have to recommend the Distinguished Gentleman roll.
We've been meaning to go to Sakura Japanese Steakhouse in Bryant for quite a while. Many of our friends love the place, especially during all-you-can-eat sushi times. I've dined there before at the hibachi grill and appreciated the skilled chefs on hand. But this trip was all about the sushi.
Sakura is quite large, and any time I've gone in the evening it's been packed. There are the hibachi tables in a chamber to the right of the entrance, and the remaining space is separated into separate dining by dividers -- from the left, a large window-lit dining room, an inner room that faces the kitchen and a sushi bar with barstools and booths.
We sat in the daylit dining area and ordered up Tempura Vegetables to nibble on while we decided on rolls. This took some time. Sakura's
The tempura, by the way, was fantastic, and suited us well. Hunter especially approved of the broccoli.
Grav, Hunter and I chose to split five rolls, and they arrived all at once. We had chosen the Dinner Special -- three rolls for $14.95 (Lunch specials are two rolls for $9.50 or three for $13.50) and had gone with a shrimp tempura roll (normally $6.50), tuna avocado roll ($5.50 on its own) and Philly roll (also normally $5.50). We also ordered two specialties, the OMG Roll ($9.95) and the Distinguished Gentleman roll ($14.95).
Hunter decided she just needed to claim the three roll platter, diving in and getting all but a single piece of the shrimp tempura and tuna avocado rolls. She also decided to take on the pickled ginger, which is normally a favorite. This time, though, she not only got a piquant wad, she stuffed most of that wad into her mouth at once and learned an important message while turning a rather rosy shade of pink. Bless her heart.
But then there was my Distinguished Gentleman.
It is certainly the sort of roll you could use to introduce yourself to what a non-fishy non-raw maki roll is like.
Sakura Japanese Steakhouse
7307 Alcoa Road, Suite 201
Bryant, AR 72015
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