Phatphood Eating Twin Cities: Sakana – Sakana Sushi and Asian bistro has three locations in the Twin Cities, we decided to visit the Plymouth restaurant because of the newly renovated feature they have, Japanese BBQ. They took out all of the Hibachi grills and replaced them with fourteen do-it-yourself centerpiece style grills, the first Japanese restaurant to do so in Minnesota. Sakana is a Japanese term referring to food eaten as an accompaniment to alcohol. That is exactly what we are here to do, eat and drink, so lets get on with it already!
Rock Shrimp Tempura ~ Battered and flash fried, then tossed in a spicy aioli.
Light, crisp, simple, just how I like it. I’m a sauce guy, so you know I’m dippin! Refreshing appetizers start now!
Rainbow Trio ~ Yellow Tail, Salmon and tuna. All wrapped around kani, cucumber, kaiwari, jalapeño and a side of chili oil ponzu.
Mini-plants of sashimi is what went through my mind as this was placed in front of me. Awesome presentation and fresh food is what I’m here for, and Sakana has it. There’s a plant that glows on my plate! Yeah yeah yeah, they say if it isn’t edible then it has no business being on the plate…well I appreciate the decor on my plate this evening so to hell with that theory. That sauce was tasty, so for the first time I didn’t douse my sashimi with spicy mayo and then dip in soy sauce.
Sweet Shrimp Martini + Yellowtail Sashimi + Naruto (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, asparagus and snow crab wrapped in a cucumber) + The ‘On The Fly’ Roll (spicy scallop tartar and asparagus wrapped with big eye tuna).
Tell me this isn’t beautiful? Flowers and all! I actually like the healthy option of no rice on this entire plate. The yellowtail was so fresh and smooth like butter on the tongue. The ‘On The Fly’ Roll was just that, made-up last minute just for us. Who doesn’t like a sushi chef that improvises? Every element in the dish was exhilarating, and the freshness level was on 10. Amazing plating. Amazing dish.
This full dish was on a lengthy plate, so for my #foodporn picture sake, I broke it down into two parts.
Part 1: Land and Sca ~ Beef tenderloin stir fried with veggies in a black pepper soy ginger reduction. Great little bowl of stir fry right here. Broccoli is my favorite in any stir fry dish because it holds the sauce the best. This dish had the broccoli along with an awesome sauce, winner.
Part 2: Land and Sca ~ Marinated then pan seared scallops on lemon slices. Not exactly a crisp sear on either side, yet a perfect cook all the way through with a flavorful marinade is what made these taste excellent. Great flavors throughout that will leave you craving for more. This dish also lights up in a disco ball of noodles. Blinkity blink.
Japanese BBQ ~ Truffle oil rib eye, marinated short ribs, garlic shrimp, miso pork belly, garlic buttered lobster, basil pesto chicken and spicy marinated tenderloin. With multiple vegetables, sides and sauces to make lettuce wraps. I see you kimchi!
This is fun. Perfect for a first date or just gathering amongst wanna-be-chefs. Plan for a couple hours of entertainment all within your own company. You can either make lettuce wraps or just mix-and-match any combination you like, you’re doing the cooking and eating. If by chance you need help or are not sure how to cook something to its safe temperature, any server is available to assist you. You also can have any of the meats and seafood marinated to your liking or not at all.
Once you’re done, you have the option of having them remove the grill and you can grill/roast some marshmallows and make your own s’mores. I’m going to stop right here…This may or may not have ended well. You will have to tune-in to ‘On The Fly‘ 11/4/2015 at 11pm (or it replays the following day at 8am) on MY29. Video will also be posted here sometime after it airs.
Now there may be some debate as to this being Korean BBQ, even though there are some striking similarities, this is a Japanese restaurant, and for that purpose, it is Japanese BBQ. I don’t care what it is called, it is fun and is great accompanied with sushi and other Japanese fare. Plenty of options for anyone in your party, so there is something for everyone. There is a beautiful bar right as you walk in pass the hostess stand. We had some really refreshing drinks on this visit, try the cucumber martini and thank me later. There is a sushi bar, a regular dining area, and then in the back is where you will find the BBQ tables. Grab a date or a group, you really can’t go wrong here.