Vegetarian platter Sakura Japanese Restaurant Cork
Vegetarian platter

I love Japanese food. Probably this is the reason why Sakura became one of my favourites restaurants in Cork since I arrived here. So charming atmosphere, small tables, and sakura flowers everywhere... Yes, this is the kind of place that you won’t get tired of. 

Tofu steak Sakura Japanese Restaurant Cork
Tofu Steak

Sakura is a Japanese restaurant, not a vegan one, but they have some interesting vegan options. The staff will bring you hot green tea right after giving you the menu, so nice detail, I really appreciate it.

Eggplant dengaku Sakura Japanese restaurant Cork
Eggplant Dengaku

When it comes to Japanese restaurants, I always order the miso soup, I find it so warming and tasteful, the perfect beginning for a good dinner. Well, Sakura has also the vegetarian miso soup. Starting from sushi, the menu includes some vegan nigiri and hosomaki. The vegetarian futomaki comes in 8 pieces, and it’s made with avocado, cucumber, carrots, oshinko, kanpyo and shii-take mushroom. It’s really good and perfect to share. Some side dishes that I enjoyed were the eggplant dengaku, edamame and wakame salad. There are also a few main vegan dishes, as ramen, udon, tofu... I’m curious about the vegan katsu curry, I think I will order them next time.

Tofu pumpkin curry Sakura Japanese Restaurant Cork
Tofu Pumpkin Curry

If you love Japanese food as I do, go to Sakura. The restaurant is in MacCurtain Street, it’s open both for lunch and dinner and you can take away your food or order it for delivering to your place.

Vegetarian futomaki and tempura Sakura Japanese restaurant Cork
Vegetarian futomaki / Vegetable tempura*

 Vegan options at Sakura

  • Nigiri Inarizushi (fried sweet tofu)
  • Hosomaki with cucumber/avocado/kanpyo/oshinko/asparagus/sweet tofu
  • Vegetarian futomaki (avocado, cucumber, carrots, oshinko, kanpyo and shii-take mushroom)
  • Vegetarian platter (4pcs nigiri, 4pcs kappa maki, 4pcs avocado hosomaki, wakame salad

Side dishes
  • Agedashi tofu (deep fried tofu served with sweet ginger and daikon sauce)
  • Edamame
  • Wakame salad
  • Grilled Tofu Salad (grilled tofu with mixed leaf, soy beans and home made sesame dressing)
  • Eggplant Dengaku (grilled aubergine with dengaku miso sauce)

  • Moyashi Ramen (oriental seasonal vegetables in vegetarian soup with fried bean curd, bean sprouts, menma, edamame beans, shimeji mushroom and fried onion)

Main dishes
  • Vegan Katsu Curry (breaded aubergine, courgette, potato, onion, mushroom, served with Japanese curry sauce, cabbage and rice)
  • Spicy Tofu Teriyaki Glaze (fried tofu pieces with spicy teriyaki glaze, miso soup and rice)
  • Tofu Steak (marinated crispy fried tofu pieces with stir fried vegetables, miso soup and rice)
  • Tofu Pumpkin Curry (roasted pumpkin, aubergine, courgette, potato and fried tofu served with Japanese curry sauce salad and rice)
  • Nabeyaki udon (udon noodles with oriental vegetables, fried tofu and mixed tempura vegetable)

  • Sweet potato wedges
  • Vegetarian miso soup

Spicy tofu teriyaki glaze Sakura Japanese Restaurant Cork
Spicy tofu teriyaki glace

Useful info about Sakura

  • Sakura | 38 MacCurtain Street, Victorian Quarter, Cork
  • Sakura is open at lunch and dinner times, 7/7
  • Take away and delivery service available

* The tempura is no longer vegan.