Boston >Food & Dining > Sakura-Bana Japanese Rstrnt
57 Broad St, Boston, MA | Directions 0210942.358042 -71.054170
Monday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
my best lunch place in town – as matter of fact, it's the one and only sushi restaurant in downtown boston (F-dist)
I am so glad that I am working just the other side of the street. I go there at least 3 times a week. thank god... they never let me down so for (for about 5 yrs) I know one thing for sure that nobody would beat their price / quality. I see the fish dilivery truck almost every day on my way to work, so I assume that they use fresh fish.
be there early around 11:30 or try at later time so you can relax a bit.
i am willing to try this place for dinner some day as another review mentioned.
horrible service, The waiter lied to us – A group of friends and I came to lunch and asked if they still had the half off suhi combo deal. The waiter came over with a menu and told us that everything on one page would be half off. (we very explicitly pointed to items on the menu and asked "will this be half off?" ...just to make sure, it sounded to good to be true.) So we all ordered large combos and drinks thinking this was a great deal. But when the bill came the waiter told us nothing was going to be discounted and that there was no manager present for me to talk to, and there would be one avalible all day. We all heard him say half off and saw him point at items at the menu. It was absurd that there was NO ONE for us to try and work out our poblem with. We ended up paying a ridiculous anoumt for for mediocre food. If you do go watch out for a waiter named KOGO.
HE SCAMMED MY FRIENDS AND I.
I have since called them and left message for the manager and noone will return my calls.
High-volume Financial District hotspot caters to suits and average Joes alike with bargain boxes and reliably appetizing sushi. – The Scene
This off-the-beaten-path sushi restaurant is snugly tucked in between the Financial District's towering skyscrapers. Takeout and delivery options are overwhelmingly popular, but area professionals have been known to gather on the sidewalk out front while waiting for a table during the vigorous lunch hour. A small sushi bar and minimalist, if not bare, decor, are accented with mounted TVs displaying slides of sushi options. Service is polite and speedy.
Nearly 50 combinations of sushi rolls and 30 varieties of sashimi make for a lengthy menu packed with regular rolls and innovative creations. The locally inspired New England roll of lobster, avocado, cucumber, mayo and tobiko is a sturdy favorite, as is the bulky Sakura-bana roll with tuna, seaweed salad and avocado. Lunch and dinner boxes are good deals, incorporating miso soup, salad, rice, fruit and a choice of teriyakis, tempuras or katsu (beef, chicken, pork, salmon or shrimp).
Best Sushi in Boston? I HOPE Not! – I just don't get the raves for the sushi at this restaurant. Perhaps I have unusual expectations? I've eaten at this restaurant 3 times now at dinner time (I live close by) and I have to say that I am disappointed in the quality of the sushi they serve.
On my first visit, I sat at the sushi bar. They REALLY want you to order from the menu, and appeared confused/annoyed when I asked for "whatever the chef recommends... omakase."
Finally, chef handed me a platter of 10 pieces of sushi without comment (yes, he speaks English). Not what I'm used to. I expected the chef to deliver a piece or two at a time on the sushi bar, in proper progression, and explain what I was being given.
What was delivered was fresh, including the daily "specials". I found the fish to be thick for the portion of rice provided. I was not impressed by the chef's knife work or cleanliness (both adequate, not exceptional).
OK, so they don't want to do recommendations. Fine.
On my second visit, I sat at a table and ordered one of the "set plates" -- The Sushi Love. It was decent, but not thrilling. Competently prepared and fresh. Not exceptional in any way.
On my third visit, I sat at a table and ordered a set of nigiri sushi and makki from the menu. The sushi arrived in random order which is a BAD idea (if you don't know what I'm talking about here, when you're eating several different types of sushi/sashimi it's always best eaten in order from "light" to "heavy" tasting -- sort of like a wine-tasting). Again, the fish was NOT well cut. Pieces falling apart (both nigiri and makki), makki pieces waay to big, sushi cut unevenly, etc.
So, folks, I don't get the raves I read here. I find Sakurabana a decent "order a set plate from the menu" sushi experience. Not bad, but CERTAINLY not what I had expected from what another reviewer called "best sushi in Boston."
Tasty, authentic Japanese food – The restaurant gets packed during the lunch hour, but is much less crowded for dinner. Service is can be quick and somewhat hurried at peak times, but servers are still polite and willing to answer questions.
People tend to rave about the sushi, and I agree that it's very good compared to other area offerings. Just don't expect the greatest sushi ever. The quality of the fish itself is very good, but pieces used in the maki rolls are often sliced up ends of whatever was used for the nigiri sushi.
The other menu items are pretty much authentic Japanese cuisine. There was way too much hakusai in the nebayaki-udon, but other items I've had were well done: tempura didn't have too much batter and the unaju's sauce didn't overwhelm the eel.
Overall, this is a solid choice for authentic Japanese food in the downtown area.
Best Sushi in Boston Proper – This is it. This is the best Sushi in Boston. Fugakyu is also this good, but Fugakyu is big, expensive and crowded. If you eat dinner at Sakura Bana, you won't be disappointed. Lunch is more of a crowded affair as you'll compete with the business class. The only reservation is that the rice will taste ... different. I actually like it, but it is notably different. More vinegar less sugar perhaps? Sushi is perpetually fresh, perfectly sized, appropriately and consistently wasabied. I have tried all other boston sushi joints, and this is the one you want to go to. One of the few boston restaurants that could survive in NYC.
Not Very Veg Friendly – Pretty much all of the "vegetarian" options contained fish sauce or broth, including the miso soup. The only thing that was totally fine was the vegetable tempura, which was yummy but kind of greasy and heavy.
nice food for nice people – being french (we are known to be picky for food), sakura bana was a great experience. The chefs are very friendly and nice. the sushi fresh like a mountain spring, get the 'godzilla' roll if you want something amazing. other than that everything i tasted was good on the menu. it was a great time and i will go back soon, i recommend for people whom want to enjoy a nice and peaceful time eating sushi.
true sushi – I am japanese and moved to Boston a year ago. I could not find such a good restraunt with resonable price in Boston. I do not know what kind of sushi is popular in US but I can tell that sushi in this restaurant is real Japanese one. Also miso soup is so nice. I can recommend this restaurant especially for lunch.
The Best Sushi in Boston. Period. – Sakurabana has the best sushi in Boston, period. I lived in Japan for a few years and rarely had sushi as good. The fish is fresh and prepared by true, trained professionals. The rice, an often overlooked ingredient is perfectly cooked and seasoned. From wonderful sushi to the humble Gyu-Don beef over rice, you will not find better made Japanese food.
It is rare to find a sushi restaurant that is staffed by actual Japanese who have been properly trained. If you have never had sushi, or even if you have, you do yourself a great service to eat at Sakurabana.
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