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Asian All-You-Can-Eat at Sakura in Miami by Marguerite Gil

Sakura opened a couple of years ago. It's an all-you-can-eat Asian inspired place that has clean and simple decorative design lines. Sushi, Tempura, seafood specials, soups, etc., are all available. There's even an omelet station for egg lovers. Best thing about all of the foods available is that they are part of the prix-fixe menu. Sakura offers a serve-yourself-as-much-as-your-elastic-tummy-can-fit-in menu and frankly we enjoy eating there.

Sushi is the dominant dish there. Sushi is a Japanese food consisting of cooked rice (shari), combined with other ingredients (neta). Neta forms of sushi vary, but the ingredients which all sushi has in common are shari. The most common neta is seafood and there's plenty of that at Sakura. The original type of sushi, known today as nare-zushi, was first developed in Southeast Asia and spread to South China before being introduced to Japan. Contemporary sushi was created by Hanaya Yohei (1799-1858), at the end of the Edo period in Edo (now Tokyo). This sushi was an early form of fast food which was prepared quickly and could be eaten with one's hands at a roadside place or in theatre.

Originally, this sushi was known as Edomae zushi because it used freshly caught fish in the Edo-mae (Edo or Tokyo Bay). Raw meat/fish sliced and served is called sashimi. Nigiri consists of an oblong mound of sushi rice and a topping (usually seafood) draped over it.

If you're into Sushi and all-you-can-eat for a reasonable price, check it out. They also serve beer, wine, sake and cocktails. They are located at 1335 NE 79th St. Causeway in North Bay Village, Fl. 33141. Details: 305.751.1688

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