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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dining Panel review: Sake Japanese Steakhouse a delight

By Jeff Christensen

Sake Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, a little spot tucked away in the corner of Carriage Parkway shopping center in the space formerly occupied by Kobe Steakhouse, was a delight.

The space has a sleek, modern look, with blue lit panels at the bar and cool tiling on the walls. The impressiveness doesn’t end with the decor, though.

We visited the restaurant several times during the past few weeks and were impressed with several aspects.

One is that the quality of the food was consistent. The restaurant was a little slow during the lunch hour, but the food was always great. If you go in the evenings, expect a bit of a wait as it is busier at night.

The restaurant is divided into four areas: a bar, a dining room, a sushi bar and a hibachi grill area. During lunch, the hibachi grills are shut down, but you can still get hibachi dinners, just no show to go with them.

The food at Sake was very good and very consistent. We tried the Negamaki appetizer, which consisted of slices of beef rolled around some scallions and topped with sauce. They were delicious and hard to resist, although the beef was a little chewy since it was cooked all the way through.

We also enjoyed the variety of entrees we tried. The sushi rolls were a healthy size. The Dynamite roll had a crunchy topping and was stuffed full of spicy white tuna, yellow tail and salmon. The spicy, crunchy topping added another dimension to the flavor, and it was wonderful. We also enjoyed the salmon Bento box — a kind of Japanese Lunchable, but much better. The boxes feature a choice of meat, rice, five pieces of California roll, and a new thing to me: shumai. Shumai are little dumpling pockets of deliciousness. Ours happened to be filled with a wonderful shrimp concoction and had a tangy sweet sauce to go along with them.

We also sampled the lunch chicken hibachi. While there was no show, it was still very good. Fans of the hibachi-style fried rice will not be disappointed. The chicken that we had with ours was a little overdone, but still very good.

All in all, this is a great little spot and a wonderful place for foodies to get a sushi/hibachi fix.

Jeff Christensen is a member of The Eagle’s Dining Panel.

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