Raleigh >Food & Dining > Sakura Xpress Restaurant
2811 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760735.788922 -78.674814
Monday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Seedy... – My stomach started hurting while eating and still does -- I hope this isn't indicative of the evening to come. Are the other reviews of this place real...? The ones from years and years ago I can understand being positive, but the ones from 2010...? Geez. I'd have uploaded a pic with the review if I could have.
The toothless grandma with the "Grandma" mug was very sweet, but this was the only good thing about the restaurant. It smelled funny in there, was overly warm and stuffy/humid (no A/C on), and the food was ALL old. I hope we don't get sick later. Pineapple fried rice was mushy and had an "off" taste, chicken wings were NOT wings; they were drummettes (no wonder you get six for $3.79), egg rolls were mini (spring roll size), and *fried* seafood dumplings were soggy and floppy, the only thing indicating they saw hot oil was that they were literally slimed in it. The skin was the same consistency as if they'd been steamed. The chicken meat was brownish with a leathery appearance, so you could tell they'd been sitting for some time and had just been refried, and they were flavorless and smelled VERY off. The sweet woman at the front reached into the cashew tub and tossed a handful on the rice in the styrofoam container, after it'd been cooked, with the same ungloved hand used to handle the money and whatever else.
The top on the little clear cup of dipping sauce included with the dumplings was DOME shaped when it should've been flat (much like if you microwave something like that with the top locked on instead of letting it vent). I thought it was just b/c the sauce was put in there hot (why...??), but it wasn't that; when I opened it, I could smell the reason why. It smelled like vinegar ... but I've never had ANY Chinese sauce or anything else with a vinegary flavor, so I don't think it was supposed to smell that way. There were bits of ... something ... clumped and swimming around in the bottom of it, another indicator that the sauce was spoiled.
The shrimp sauce over on the counter in a large pump tub was in a container of ... room temperature water (that *was* "ice" ... probably around lunch time). Consequently, the sauce had a very runny consistency and wasn't thick at all b/c it was literally room temp. itself. Things like this exhibit why their sanitation grade is only 93.
Despite the pleasant lady (the only good thing about this place), I won't be back.
Who uses warm rice for a California roll? – instead of telling me in advance they had just made the sticky rice they served me warm sushi and I have never seen so much of it on roll --- absolutely horrible!
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