Sakura Sushi

What a treat; on my last trip to visit the folks, we went to Sakura Sushi twice – yes twice and I was only there for 10 days. Oh happy days. 🙂

Sakura Sushi have a special at the moment to celebrate their 10th anniversary.  For R100.00 you can eat as much as you like excluding 3 of the plates.  The prices work according to the colour of the plate, so it was easy to see what we were not allowed to eat as part of the special.  Well, let me tell you, I seriously battled to make up my R100.00 worth of sushi and I am a sushi fanatic.  I ate approximately R65.00 worth and was stuffed but fear not, I took my time and gobbled enough sushi to make up my quota.

As you are seated, you are given a nunu little bowl with pickled ginger and wasabi.  You have another cute little bowl which you can fill with as much soy sauce as your heart desires and obviously chopsticks which I seemed not to photograph.

Then it is time to dig in!  Where to start…  There are so many wonderful choices whizzing past on the conveyor belt of happiness.  And just when you think you have chosen the right one, another moreish option comes past.

It turned out that the black plates were all of our favourites – they all contained salmon or prawn and avo – wonder if that had something to do with it.

Here you can see why it is so difficult to make a decision – talk about being spoilt for choice.

Would you look at my skill using chopsticks. 🙂

The decor of Sakura Sushi is beautifully done with a minimalist feel, which I love.

We were wondering if there are any spelling mistakes in this magnificent wall hanging.  I wonder what is says.

Some jasmine tea was a perfect ending to a truly memorable meal.

I was in no way compensated by Sakura Sushi.  I merely wanted to share my experience with you, so they were kind enough to allow me to take photos.

From Tripe to Sushi

I have always said and still maintain that I have quite an adventurous palette when it comes to trying new foods and flavours – I do however have to draw the line at tripe!  This seems to be a common thread in the family except for my dad who has loved tripe and onions and curried tripe since he was a young boy.  A couple of years ago Pete (such a brave husband) said that he would be willing to give it a try if my dad cooked it.  All was going well until dad was banished to cooking his tripe outside (it really does leave your home smelling quite horrible) plus I made the mistake of telling Pete what I thought it smelt like whilst cooking (sorry can’t share that here), which put Pete right off having his first taste of tripe – they talk enough tripe when they are together though to make up for it. 😉

Melody's Tripe and Onions - not sure even my real camera could make this look tasty

Fast forward a couple of years and my cousins MIL said that she would prepare some tripe for my dad as a birthday treat.  Melody was kind enough to prepare enough tripe and onions for a family of 20!  Dad enjoyed 2 healthy portions for his lunch while most of the family just quietly sat and watched.  Pete dished up a morsel onto a side plate and said that he enjoyed the flavour but thought the texture was going to take some getting used to.  My mom was equally as brave and said that she would also have a taste (maybe not the best idea) and said that it was the flavour that was a problem for her and not the texture.  Me, I still remain unchanged on my decision to taste tripe and don’t feel in anyway deprived by my adamant decision.  I just cannot do it!  I sit here with gritted teeth at the mere thought.

Dad is in his element with quite a few frozen tripe portions ready to be reheated whenever he feels like it.

My cousin Renee ended our ordeal (for us not dad) and became a hero to us all, by bringing sushi for birthday dinner starters.  Delicious!

Now this is more like it! No matter the camera, this is scrumptious.

Do you enjoy tripe or do you sit on the same side of the fence as me?  If you are on my dad’s side of the fence, I am sure Melody would be more than willing to share her recipe, let me know and I will get it from her to share with you.