Sakura is Subpar

Sakura Japanese Sushi Train II is not worth the distance, novelty or price.


Kelly Nugent

Pictured is half of a sushi roll with tuna and cucumber wrapped in seaweed paper, then coated in rice.

Kelly Nugent, Web Editor-in-Chief

Walking into Sakura Japanese Sushi Train II, customers are greeted with a circular bar set up with a train endlessly carrying sushi around the table. WIth two sushi chefs in the middle, they make crab rangoon upon request. The white walls with minimal decoration left the atmosphere feeling uncharacterized and impersonal. With hardly any pictures or color on the walls, it would be hard to recognize without the sushi train that it was a restaurant.

Sitting down, it is initially confusing on how to order food Only being waited on for beverages, the sushi is taken at will by the customer. After warily watching others and finally seeing someone take a plate after about 10 minutes of not knowing what to do, the consensus was made to take what looked appealing as sushi rode by. This novelty of the train carrying the sushi sounds unique but quickly loses its appeal when having to guess the sushi type based off of the quick appearance as the conveyor belt moves along.

Taking a yellow plate off the train with nothing on top of the sushi and orange filling with cucumber, no expectations were in place. After eating the first piece, it became clear that the orange filling was tuna. Not being able to identify any other flavor besides tuna and the crunch of the cucumber, the sushi was completely overwhelming. There was no depth to the flavor and the texture was too dense for sushi, which is supposed to be a light meal when eaten in moderation.

In order to feel satisfied, more than one plate is necessary. Each plate only comes with half of a full sushi roll, making the need for five or more plates needed. This means more gambling and paying for the food whether or not it was good. At $2.60 a plate, individually it is not very expensive. However, this price adds up after a while, having to eat at least 5 plates in order to be content.

When deciding on a place to eat sushi, Sakura should not be in the top 10 list of places to go. With it being located at 1109 E Santa Fe St in Olathe, KS, the restaurant is too far and does not have enough bang for the buck to make the trip to go. Other places such as RA sushi bar and restaurant or even sushi from the local Hy-Vee would be a better investment than spending time and money at Sakura.