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Jul 23, 2012 11:53 AM

What did you have for lunch today Part 3

Time for a new thread, the old one was getting unwieldy.
Part 2 was:

Lunch today at Sakura, one of the oldest Japanese places around in Indy and still one of the best.

• Complimentary bowl of miso soup; and bowl of chopped crisp cool iceberg lettuce w/ Japanese ginger salad dressing.
• Yakko Dofu (Hiyayakko).
• Selection of nigirizushi - tuna, yellow tail, salmon, flying fish roe, eel.
• Zaru soba.
• Hot green tea, nice and richly infused.

Sakura Japanese Restaurant
7201 N Keystone Ave Indianapolis, IN 46240.

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  1. Those sushi sure looked good! Your pics made me want to have Japanese for lunch today, but I was outvoted by my lunch partners to go to a Korean spot instead:

    When you said Sakura is one of the oldest Japanese spots in Indy, how old is it actually?

    The first Japanese restaurant in Singapore, Fujiya at 146 Market Street 01-05 Multi Storey Car Park Building, had closed down a couple of years back, unfortunately. If it had still been open today, it would have been over 50 years old.

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    1. re: klyeoh

      Heh. I took a look at the Korean meal you had. That soup looks very good!

      Sakura has been around for more than 20 years. Yes, not that long in absolute terms at all!

      There are some new(er) Japanese places around - all in the "complete menu" format** place - which fail the first test I have for a "Japanese" restaurant on looking at the menu - they don't have soba. Some of them even have servers who don't know what soba is, or try to tell you that they *do* have soba. Sorry, but yakisoba is NOT the same thing.

      Two other places I like here in Indy are Ichiban Noodles (8355 Bash Street, Indianapolis) and Asaka (6414 82nd Street, Indianapolis). Both have soba. :-) Asaka sees a fair number of Japanese diners, also seen at Ichiban and Sakura.

      **(as opposed to specialized places like ramen shops or yakitori shops commonly found in Japan)

    2. A mixed grilled seafood platter (razor & littleneck clams, shrimp, salmon, butterfish, halibut with roast potatoes & a side salad, remoulade sauce & garlic bread. Boy am I stuffed.

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      1. re: linguafood

        Would that be the "gegrillter Fisch nach Wahl (Preis nach Gewicht)" and the "Bratkartoffeln, Salat, Kräuterbaguette und Saucen" ? I don't see a "mixed grill platter" on their menu or at least it isn't obvious to me...

      2. i had japanese yesterday as well - it was just a little place in the fancy food court of the mall (they have a fancy and a standard chain food court) and i had unagi donburi with pickles and a side of bok choy which i dipped into sriracha...very enjoyable!

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        1. • "Quick 'Boiled' Soup" (Kwun Tong) of sliced pickled sour mustard ("Harm Choy") with sliced tomatoes (Red Zebra), julienned fresh ginger and marinated minced pork balls.
          • Steamed whole big mouth bass**, with finely diced garlic, julienned ginger, chopped cilantro, sliced scallions and a warm sauce of sautéed garlic & ginger quenched w/ light soy sauce & ryori-shu mirin.
          • Boiled white rice (basmati).

          **Marinated w/ Shaohshing wine, light soy, macerated ginger, finely sliced scallions, sesame oil; then steamed; then the fish (only) taken, placed on fresh ginger/scallions/cilantro and doused w/ the warm sauce.

          1. All American club sandwich with turkey, ham, lettuce, tomato, onion, cranberry sauce topped by bacon cooked so crispy that it turned into bacon bits, all between toasted whole wheat bread. Later an Arctic ? white nectarine and a bag of Zapp's Spicy Creole Tomato chips.

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            1. re: chocolatetartguy

              Hmm. I had to look up what "Zapp's Spicy Creole Tomato chips" were. I don't consciously remember ever seeing this. The Zapp's website doesn't seem to list this variety? ( Then, there's this old (2009) blog that indicates it's a "special edition" sort of chips? (

              1. re: huiray

                Small 2 oz bags of Zapp's have been turning up at small convenience stores in the East Bay. The Spicy Creole Tomato variety is spiked with tabasco sauce and has a nice kick and a definite tomatoey flavor. The pull date is August 2012. I've seen them one place in Berkeley and a friend saw them in Pleasanton. If it's a special edition I better go back and score the rest.