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Sakurada Japanese Restaurant

Hong Kong's largest new town and most populous district, Sha Tin, stands increasingly tall as a self-sufficient community. New Town Plaza, one of the city’s busiest malls, remains the town’s hub, the mall itself having gone through phases of expansion and repositioning, including attracting an impressive portfolio of restaurant outlets. Among the fine dining options is most surely Sakurada Japanese Restaurant, located at Royal Park Hotel and thus connected to the shopping mall. The venerable restaurant, which counts a large and loyal following, is known for serving a wide selection of sushi and washoku items and for its live teppanyaki demonstrations. 
From April to June, Sakurada is featuring several special lunch and afternoon tea sets that we were pleased to preview. The elegant and spacious restaurant is easily accessible from both the hotel and the mall. The restaurant’s décor is contemporary Japanese, a large open kitchen including a teppanyaki cooking area highlight the dining space. Several private rooms are available for intimate dining and private gatherings. 
The different sets on offer include the Miyazaki A5 Wagyu Beef & Live Abalone Set (special price for 2 persons, $1,875 Monday to Thursday; $2,125 on weekends and public holidays), the Miyazaki A5 Wagyu Beef Slices Set (special price for 1 person, $825 Monday to Thursday; $935 on weekends and public holidays), and the Baby Lobster, Sakura High Tea Set ($588 special price for 2 persons). 
We began with the tea set, which arrived on an impeccably sculpted, curved wooden platter. The centre piece is the Baby Lobster Sashimi, which, along with its lobster shell, is perched on a bowl of water poured with dry ice for effect – definitely keeping the camera busy. The platter showcases a slew of colourful sushi items that include Shrimp & Sweet Potatoes Salad, Deep-fried Sakura Shrimp Ball, Sweet Shrimp with Sea Urchin Sushi, Botan Shrimp with Cod Fish Roe Sushi, Shrimp with Sesame Roll, and a trio of sweets – Sakura Raindrop Cake, Sakura & Strawberry Mousse and Sakura Macaron. 
That just whetted our appetite for the meaty part of the meal which was the wagyu beef set. For the A5 Wagyu beef and lobster set, the menu includes the flavourful Vegetable Salad, Australian Live Abalone, Teppanyaki Flounder and Teppanyaki Miyazaki A5 Wagyu Beef Slices or Cubes (140 g), which is juicy, tender, and practically melts in the mouth. We finished the meal with Teppanyaki Mixed Vegetables, another simple but delicious dish, Miso Soup, Teppanyaki Sakura Shrimp Fried Rice with Truffle Paste, also superbly flavourful, plus Ice Cream – all yummy, all good!
The A5 Wagyu beef slices set serves similar items but with Teppanyaki Boston Lobster and Teppanyaki Scallop in lieu of abalone and flounder. They are just as excellent and tasty as expected. 
Our preview of Sakurada’s new promotion proved a delightful dining occasion. Even you don’t live or stay in Sha Tin, it is worth making the trip with your family or loved ones for this special meal in a comfortable and relaxed setting at the Sakurada. Be sure to give it a try.


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