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THE DISH: Sakegura Japanese Restaurant

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Sakegura Japanese Restaurant

Sakegura Japanese Restaurant

1905 Scenic Highway, Suite 1110, Snellville

770-985-9168

Open since: 2002

Owner: James Hsia

Location: Sakegura is located in a strip mall off of Scenic Highway and Ronald Reagan. The restaurant is in between Doctor's Vision Works and Bath & Body Works.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Saturdays for lunch. 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Atmosphere: Hsia painted the walls in dark reds and greens because he wanted his guests to feel welcomed with warm colors and the decor is traditional Japanese with lots of dark wood, which is used throughout the restaurant.

The servers don't wear the usual T-shirt and jeans at this spot. The men wear homemade black smocks with red Japanese symbols and the women wear classic kimonos. Although not everyone is Japanese on the staff, they are all well-versed in the menu and it's many selections.

The restaurant is separated into three different dining areas: the sushi bar, the hibachi hut and regular dining room.

If you want to watch the sushi chefs prepare and create works of art out of raw fish, sit at the sushi bar. It is full serviced and interesting to watch.

For those who really like a show, reserve a spot at one of the six hibachi grills tucked away in its own wooden hibachi hut. This is the most popular place to eat because these chefs chop, dice and fry an array of food for everyone sitting around the grill. Sometimes there is even some fire involved.

If you don't have a preference where to sit, there is a dining room. No matter where you sit in the restaurant, you can order from any of the menus.

One thing to remember: Sakegura is closed from 2:30 to 5 p.m. every day to give the staff a break between the lunch and dinner shifts. But no matter what time you come, there will be a crowd. Lunch is served quickly, which is great for those who have to return to work while the dinner shift has many reservations and families.

Menu: The menu has a large selection of food, from sushi to bento boxes to soups and hibachi. No matter what you choose, it will be relatively priced because Hsia wants everyone to come eat at his restaurant.

"We don't charge people too much. We have a lot of families come here," he said. "We try to make a living, not to be rich."

Besides a large food menu, Sakegura also offers a variety of sakes, both hot and cold. Most of rice wines have names in Japanese and English. The most popular on the list is the Jizake Tenzan or heavenly gift. It is served cold, either by the shot or by the bottle.

Things you might not know: Sakegura means "sake winery" in Japanese.