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Sushi, hibachi restaurant to open in city

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 4th, 2012

The menu at Sake Sushi & Hibachi will include both cooked and raw entrees. Courtesy photo / Ben Lin

BROOKINGS – Japanese cuisine is on its way to Brookings.

Sake Sushi & Hibachi, located in Eastside Commons to the north of Hy-Vee and the Brookings Liquor Store, plans to open this week with a full line-up of entrees featuring lots of seafood but also pork, chicken, beef and vegetarian options.

Restaurant manager Ben Lin, who has also worked with Tokyo Sushi and Hibachi restaurant in Sioux Falls, said Sake’s sushi menu will feature much more than raw fish.

“We do have raw fish food, and cooked food – about 90 percent of food we’re going to cook,” Lin said.

“Just depends on how the customer wants it – if they want it raw, we can do raw. And if the customer wants cooked food, we can also do cooked food.”

Sushi rolls on the restaurant menu are already separated into uncooked, cooked and vegetable categories.

Among the 11 uncooked options is the Alaskan roll, which includes salmon, avocado and cucumber. The East Roll is one of 13 cooked rolls – it includes shrimp, avocado, cucumber, tobiko and egg. Seven vegetable rolls include options like sweet potato tempura and peanut avocado.

Sashimi is also on the menu. Lin said that sashimi is simply pieces of raw fish, without rice.

Tempura – strips of vegetable or meat battered and fried – is offered at Sake as well, along with an array of soup, salad, appetizers, soba, fried rice, desserts and drinks.

A list of Chef’s Special Rolls includes one called the Brookings Roll, which has shrimp tempura inside and spicy crabmeat and tobiko on top.

The restaurant will also offer seven varieties of teriyaki.

“A lot of stuff – we’ve got tofu, chicken, salmon, beef, seafood, shrimp; we’ve got a lot of choice,” Lin said of the teriyaki. “That’s a kitchen entrée. And hibachi we do right in the kitchen also.”

The familiar style of hibachi grill, where a chef cooks in front of customers in the restaurant’s seating area, is called an “outside grill,” Lin said.

“Right now we cook it the same way, but we cook in the kitchen right now,” he said. “Let’s see how the project’s going – if it’s doing very well, maybe we try to make more tables outside (of the kitchen).”

Sake is in the process of obtaining its beer and wine licenses and plans to sell those beverages in the future. In fact, its namesake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice.

Lin said Sake plans to employ four or five people.

The restaurant tentatively plans to open Tuesday, Sept. 4, or soon thereafter. Its hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The lunch menu will be used until 3 p.m. each day.

Reservations and walk-ins are welcome. Sake will not offer delivery, but take-out is welcome. Contact the restaurant by calling 692-2888 or 692-1888.

Contact Charis Prunty at cprunty@brookingsregister.com.

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