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Sakura Teppanyaki Restaurant

190 Unley Road
Unley SA 5061
Tel : +61 8 8272 7833
Cuisine: Japanese
License: Licensed & BYO (Wine Only)
Price Range: $$$$
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Found down a side-street in Unley, Sakura Teppanyaki is a popular Japanese eatery where bookings are imperative to secure a seat. The timber benches and gleaming hotplates take centre stage at this cosy diner, where guests can sit and enjoy the table theatre - and light-hearted banter - from the Chef. Perfect for a fun night out, you may want to advise your guests to reconsider wearing white if their catching skills are a little rusty.

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Timber bench seating and gleaming hotplates take centre stage at Sakura Teppanyaki. The star performer orchestrating over this setting is chef Tony Lim. He delivers 30 years of cooking experience with showmanship to boot. Families don’t have to worry about keeping children occupied in this restaurant – Tony does it for them. Much flashing and slashing of knives entertains all around. Here it is the grown-ups who are known for scribbling on the walls. Panels of mini whiteboards form a visitors’ book; texta’ed testimonies become more humorous after one too many sakes.

The menu will also put a smile on your face. You can enjoy Sakura’s Japanese cuisine a la carte style or in fixed price sets. The Rolls Royce of these is the Sakura Special. Part with $180 and be rewarded with your choice of entree, whole lobster, beef or chicken, mixed vegetables and salad. Fried rice and miso soup serve as sides. Its pancake dessert will please those who like theirs extra thick. Alternately, select individual items to be cooked a la minute before your eyes. Seafoodies will find themselves in heaven. In fact, there are only two beef listings, albeit one of them is the hallowed Wagyu. Summon a portion of barramundi or salmon to the hotplate and follow it through with scampi, scallops and cuttlefish. Moreton Bay Bugs and oysters sit beside market price abalone and lobster; ponzu sauce and Japanese tartare are offered as sides. Soba noodles really are the best, so have some close by. Finish with a cleansing bowl of green tea ice-cream. Not that you need it; the clean, fresh flavours of Sakura’s produce should be savoured.

Roz Taylor
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The food is great and the staff were fantastic. We have eaten there a few times, and each time has been a unique and enjoyable experience, not only for the delicious food, but also the humorous entertainment and personality of the chef, which continues to bring us back again and again. Highly recommended for a great night  13/06/2014

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Took my mum here for a mothers day diner and it was the best. The food was fantastic and very tasty and Tony was the best. We will be going  15/05/2012

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Went to this restaurant on Saturday night for my birthday with some close friends. The Chef - Tony (or asshole as he calls himself) was absolutely hilarious. The games with the food were awesome and fun. The food was delicious and filling and was most definitely not slopped on the plate. Over all was the most amazingly fun dining experience I have ever  29/04/2012

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Our first visit was based on a friend's recommendation and we were disappointed. The chef, to his credit, tries to make the evening entertaining and you do feel like part of the family but we were expecting Japanese food and were very surprised to see the food slopped onto your plate with his constant promises of "this will be the best you've ever eaten". The food was very bland and not very Japanese at all. The pancakes and miso soup were the worst we'd ever tasted. Entertaining meal, adequate service but quality of food let them down particulary as its on the expensive side. Perhaps a great place for a large group/families but don't go if you love Japanese as you'll be disappointed. We're hoping it was just a bad night on their part but regrettably won't be going back  16/03/2012

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Very friendly and entertaining with a good atmosphere however food was very bland, unpresented and overall disapointing considering the cost. I was hoping for a new food experience but got nothing more than a could do on my own  16/03/2012

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Byngle Daddy:

If you have young children and like teppanyaki this is the place to go. The chef is wonderful with kids and we had a wonderful  25/02/2012

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david wihiteside:

Went there for my birthday and it was so fun. The food was wicked and the chef was highly skilled and funny. The service was really good and a special shout out to the chef's daughter and son who helped him. I'll definitely be going there again soon!review  03/11/2011

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Amanda K:

What a wonderful night. 8 adults and 3 children were all included in the festivities. We never thought having our food thrown at us could be so much fun. The children aged 3 and 5 loved the concept, just a little bit weary of the flame on the grill at times. A word of warning, don't sit the kids directly in front of the chef. We went for my 30th Birthday for something different and are going again only 2 weeks later for my mother-in-law’s Birthday. A little expensive but you pay for the entertainment as well as good food. Loved it from start to  28/10/2011

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