5.3.17 ‒ 5.16.17 ‒ vol. 13

Sakura Japanese Restaurant

124 Fifth Avenue, Pelham    278-9996

sakurapelham.com

BY CLAUDIA LUTZKY

 

Sakura Japanese Restaurant is dishing up some of the town’s most beautiful food. This comfortable spot serves at your table or the communal sushi bar.  If you sit at the counter you will be fascinated as they make their spectacular creations: Exotic rolls made from fish and rice and other incredibly fresh ingredients.  Sushi making and preparation is not an easy craft to learn. Chef Raymond trained for 19 years to obtain his level of skill. He learned the craft from a Sushi Master in Manhattan where he worked for more than 10 years before coming to Pelham.

 

The lunch special at Sakura features two or three rolls, sushi or sashimi with a choice of soup or salad.  Not everything is raw. Traditional Japanese options are the Tempura Bento Box (a combination plate of assorted tempura, fried dumplings, a small California roll and rice) or teriyaki vegetables with a choice of meat or shrimp with rice and salad.  All are bargain priced for weekday lunches. But be adventurous and order the Katsu.  If you have never tried it, do so here.  It is a thin pork or chicken cutlet, breaded and fried.  A Japanese take on the German Wiener Schnitzel or Italian Milanese.

 

 Expect Chef Raymond to go way outside the box when he knows what you like.  He certainly got me with a special Uni (Sea Urchin) sashimi. It was a jewel, sitting on top of an incredibly delicious oyster surrounded by caviar and dribbled with hot sauce. It just could be the most amazing bite of sushi I have ever tasted.  The combination is creamy and succulent – a gift from the ocean. I’m hooked on their seafood (most of which is air-shipped from Tokyo’s Tsukji market daily) and I’m  going back for more.

 

 

Adriatic

LA FONTANELLA, 115 Wolfs Lane, Pelham. Open Mon-Fri. 11am-10pm; Sat. 5-11pm; Sun. 1-9pm. Homemade pasta, House-made sauces. Intimate bar. 738-3008

lafontanellapelham.com

 

American

ROCKWELL'S, 105 Wolfs Lane, Pelham. Open 7 days a week, kitchen open to 11pm. Outside Dining, Party Room.  738-5881, rockwellsUSA.com

 

Burgers

PRIME 16, 156 Fifth Avenue, Pelham. Kitchen open: Mon.-Fri. 4-10pm; Sat. 11:30am-10pm; Sun., 11:30am-9pm. Craft Beers and burgers. 576-0700,

prime16pelham.com

 

Chinese

PELHAM PALACE, 221 Wolfs Lane, Pelham. Mon.-Thurs. 11am-10pm; Fri. 11am-11pm; Sat. 11: 30am-11pm; Sun. 12:30-10pm. Chinese food, Sushi Bar, Private Room. 738-0821, thepelhampalace.com

 

International Deli/Juice & Salad Bar

GOURMET EXPRESS, 924 West Street, Pelham Manor. 738-6569, email: sboch66@hotmail.com

 

Irish/American

THE CHIPPER TRUCK CAFÉ, 232 Fifth Avenue, Pelham. Open 7 days, 6am-11pm. American and Irish Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Delivery available.  278-9933.

 

Italian

VILLAGGIO RISTORANTE PIZZERIA, 229 Wolfs Lane, Pelham. Mon.-Thurs. 11am-10pm; Sat. 11am-11pm; Sun. 12:30-10pm. Homemade pasta and pizza. 738-4700, villaggiorestaurantpizzeria.com.

 

Italian / Northern

SERGIO'S RISTORANTE, 503 Fifth Avenue. Pelham. Mon.-Thurs. Noon-10pm; Fri. & Sat. Noon-11pm. Homemade pasta, private room, and intimate bar. 278-9771

sergiosofpelham.com.

 

Japanese/Sushi

SAKURA SUSHI, 124 Fifth Avenue, Pelham. Mon.-Thurs. 11:30am-10pm; Fri.-Sat.11:30am-10:30pm; Sun, Noon-9:30pm. High quality Sushi, Lunch Specials. 278-9996, sakurapelham.com

 

Seafood

CAFFE REGATTA, 133 Wolfs Lane, Pelham. Open Tues.-Sat., 5pm-11pm; Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm, Dinner 3-10pm. Outdoor seating, Raw Bar, Cold Seafood Towers and pasta specialties,. 738-8686, cafferegatta.com.

 

Thai

BANGKOK CITY, 100 Fifth Avenue, Pelham. Closed Monday. Fresh Catch of The Day, Outside Seating, Daily Specials, Happy Hour Tues.-Fri, 5-7pm. Open every day, call for hours 738-7070, bangkokcityny.com

 

 

 

 

 

Oyster and Uni Sashimi

Tempura

Dragon Roll

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