in Huntington Beach features shabu-shabu, a Japanese dish in which you to cook thinly sliced pieces of meat and vegetables in a personal pot of boiling water or broth. This restaurant caters to groups and has a large outdoor eating area as well as a full bar to begin those nights out on Main Street.
Sakura puts as much emphasis on its drink menu–shooters, sake, specialty cocktails–as it does on its Japanese cuisine, and houses one of the most distinctive mixed drinks in Orange County, Black Orchid Tea.
This fruitier version of a Long Island Iced Tea is strong and well worth the hefty $9 price tag. Black Orchid Tea mixes vodka, rum, tequila, gin, Triple Sec, Chambord and 7 Up. Chambord, a raspberry liqueur, gives the cocktail its
sweetness and also adds a pinkish tint to the center of the drink. The
raspberry flavor combined with the lemon-lime mixer masks the bite of
the booze so well that you will think you're sipping on sweetened tea–and then one drink will give you a buzz that can last well into dinner.
Sakura's laundry list of drink choices has something for everyone, and with sake bombs and a shooter called G-String, you will be sure to leave the restaurant ready for a wild night.
16871 Beach Blvd.