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Located in downtown Walnut Creek, Sasa is considered by some to be one of the best restaurants in the area.  The accent is definitely Japanese and the style is ‘izakaya.’  If you’re unfamiliar with it, here’s how it works. A large menu is presented and food is ordered in relatively small portions throughout the course of your meal. You can even continue ordering through dessert. Sharing of all items is encouraged, making for a festive dining experience.

The menu is wide ranging including “In the Raw” appetizers, “Skewers and Sticks,” “Diablo Valley Farmer’s Market” (vegetarian), “Tsukii Fish Market,” Walnut Creek Meat Market.” And “Grains and Sides.”   That’s just page one of the menu.  There are also 26 “Nigiri” (pairs) and 17 types of “Maki Mono” (rolls) to choose from along with some nice larger platters (Omakase) and, of course, desserts.

We chose the Hokkaido Scallops Ceviche and Ginger Chicken Meatballs for starters followed by Chicken Skewers.  All were bold and tasty and set the mood for the rest of the presentation.  After Tempura Prawns Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Lollipops, Grilled Baby Back Riblets, Popcorn Chicken Kara-Age, and Herb Roasted Tenderloin Medallions, we were happy and joyful from the sampling and sharing, but not quite done.  We indulged in  California and Rock-n-Roll wraps and braced ourselves for dessert.

The desserts are all fairly light and flavorful and won’t leave you waddling out.  Selections such as Spring Berries in Lemon Mousse, Chocolate Salt Flake Cake, PB&J Sandwich and Shake, and a variety of Gelatos are all good choices.
The décor is inviting and friendly.  Asian art and design abounds along with some lush foliage and a waterfall.  It’s very busy so make your reservations for Friday or Saturday 2 or 3 days in advance.  Because of the food sharing and the izakaya style, Sasa is active and a little noisy so I wouldn’t recommend it for a quiet, intimate date.

Pricing is moderate.  We spent about $150 for a party of 7, without alcohol.

Sasa is located in a 100-year-old building, which once housed the historic Walnut Creek Meat Market, 1432 North Main St. in Walnut Creek. You can make reservations on line at:  www.sasawc.com or phone (925) 210-0188. --BS

Last Updated (Tuesday, 25 June 2013 00:35)


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