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Sakura Japanese Restaurant Restaurant Review: This unpretentious sushi and Japanese restaurant is one of the oldest in the city and still draws crowds for its quality, fresh and seasonal favorites. No trendy ingredients here, just authentic food that keep customers coming back, especially for the soft shell crab roll with its generous serving of fried crab in a spicy sauce, or the hearty Sakura maki that has an outer wrapping of tuna, smoked salmon and eel. The high-backed booths afford some privacy and help keep the din to a minimum, but do not expect a quiet meal. Chopsticks replace silverware, and it’s acceptable to slurp while navigating soba noodles out of the savory broth. Japanese classics such as halibut teriyaki, sukiyaki and tempura share the menu. Skip the small wine selection for a Kirin Ichiban beer and give in to the temptation to try the tempura ice cream.