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Sakura Japanese Restaurant Restaurant Review: This unpretentious sushi and Japanese restaurant is one of the oldest in the city, and it still draws crowds for its seasonal favorites. You’ll encounter no trendy ingredients here, just authentic food that keeps customers coming back. That's especially true of the chirashi, a bowl of fresh fish on a bed of sushi rice, or the hearty Sakura maki, which has an outer wrapping of tuna, smoked salmon and eel. Chopsticks replace silverware, and it’s acceptable to slurp while navigating soba noodles out of the savory broth. Japanese classics such as sea bass teriyaki, sukiyaki and tempura share the menu with udon and chazuke, steamed rice in a seasoned broth. Bypass the small wine selection for a Kirin Ichiban beer, and give into temptation with green tea ice cream. The high-backed booths afford some privacy and help keep the din to a minimum, but do not expect a quiet meal.