There’s Amazing Sushi Hiding in the Suburbs (And You’ll Find it at Sakura)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 16th 2011 3858 0

It seems like every time I post about Japanese food, someone mentions that I need to try Sakura in Germantown. You love that place, and you've made a believer out of me.

Inside Sakura, Memphis, Tenn.

When I checked in at Sakura on FourSquare a few nights ago, I got at least 10 replies recommending different things to try. The most commonly recommended menu item was the Joyce Roll, a deep-fried sushi roll with crawfish, shrimp, avocado and some kind of sauce. Alas, sometimes I get so excited about eating that I forget to check Twitter first, so I missed out on the Joyce roll.

I'm still kind of kicking myself for not checking Twitter, though, as Sakura's sushi menu is kind of huge. There are a ton of specialty rolls with funny names (like the Spicy Girl ! roll, the Sexy Lady roll and the Bubba roll).

I tried the shell crab roll (soft shell crab, snow crab, avocado, fish eggs and lettuce) and the Naruto (crawfish, snow crab, crabstick and avocado wrapped in cucumber).

Sushi from Sakura, Memphis, Tenn.

The soft shell crab roll was huge (and had tentacles), but it was very fresh. The sesame seed sauce added flavor and kept the roll from being just a huge log of crabmeat and rice. I would definitely order the Naturo roll again. The combination of crawfish and crab gave it a nice spicy / sweet flavor, and I loved the crunch of the cucumber wrap.

Sakura isn't just about sushi, though – the restaurant has a full Japanese menu with tempura, soups and entrees. I started with the crabstick tempura and a bowl of seafood soup.

Crabstick Tempura from Sakura

The tempura was delicious, all warm and crunchy. The portion was also generous – three pieces as opposed to the usual two pieces of other Japanese restaurants. The seafood soup was alright, but it seemed like a slightly dressed up version of Sakura's regular clear soup.

While Sakura is located in a strip mall in the older part of Germantown, it doesn't feel like it inside. The space is big, and they've got some serious mood lighting going on. It's the kind of place that would be just as appropriate for date night as a family dinner.

Sakura is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Most of the sushi rolls and entrees are between $8 and $15, and they do have a full bar.

Go there:


2060 West Street
Germantown, TN 38138

(901) 758-8181

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Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. katie says:

    You need to try Tao Too. It is in the same shopping center and it is wonderful. A must try if you are out there. 

  2. handtalker says:

    Best sushi in Shelby Couty, hands down.

  3. Paul Knipple says:

    This and Lee's Sushi at the BP are our favorite places in town.

  4. Anna says:

    I love Sakura! Try the Volcano roll next time.

  5. Laney says:

    Next time try the Alfredo roll! Sakura has the best sushi in town, and the Alfredo is the best of all their rolls.

  6. Natalie says:

    Sakura is by far my favorite sushi place in the city…the salmon skin roll is delish

  7. Grant Parish says:

    I go there for lunch every coulple of weeks for the sushi roll combo.  You get 3 generous rolls, soup and salad for $12.95,  There is always enough to bring home for supper.

  8. Nita says:

    great blog.  Don't know why haven't seen before.  live an hour away from Memphis and this helps me a lot!

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