I guess many of you, who’ve been reading this blog for a while, are now like What!? Sasaya hasn’t been reviewed here? Why yes, it’s true. The probably most popular of all the Japanese restaurants in Berlin has not yet been featured on this very blog although there’s just no reason for that. And because it’s one of my favorites it totally fits the topic of the week, catching up.
Sasaya is the best in Japanese food you’ll find in central Berlin, because they not only serve sushi, although theirs is without question very good (go for the Omakase plate (25 Euros), the chef’s choice). Even more remarkable are all the little plates they’re serving as appetizers, the Tsukemono (pickled vegetables), the Takana (fried vegetables), the Kukiwakame (seaweed salad) and above all the Rengoma (spinach with sesame sauce) – all sounding quite simple, but then delivering a taste so refined only Japanese food is able to create. And the colors, this vivid shades of green on beautiful plates contribute loads to the overall sensory delight you’ll experience.
Sadly, the menu nowadays is a little scarce for vegetarians, they’ve got soups on it but all are made with Dashi (fish broth). I don’t know if I remember it wrong, but I left with the feeling it’s been different in past times. Anyhow, my fish and meat eating lunch partners where especially smitten by the pork belly (of course) they served as a lunch option with pickled vegetables, spinach and rice.
Sasaya is always crowded, a reservation is highly recommendable. Go for the traditional tables and then finish your dinner (or lunch) with the Matcha and Wagashi, the strong and bitter green tea (in another gorgeous green color) is served with different Japanese sweets with the Mochi being very delicious – soft and tender, yet quite luscious and not too sweet.