More than Sake and Sushi
The next time you’re trying to think of a new place to eat, you can add Saké 23 in St. Petersburg, to your list of options.
While the restaurant has a long list of sake and sushi options, there’s plenty more to discover as well. You can select from seven soup or salad options, banh mi bao buns, and stir-fried brussels sprouts, just to name a few.
Grab a free miso soup on Miso Mondays or a great value on rolls on Two for Tuesdays. Put aside the sandwich for lunch as you can pick up bento boxes including tempura, bourbon chicken, and beef teriyaki, and get $20 off each before 3 pm.
Sake 23 is open every day and until 1 am on the weekends, with drink options that aren’t limited to sake. Mules, martinis, Japanese beer, and more make great accompaniments to rolls, ramen, and rice.
Way back in 2015, I named St. Petersburg’s Souzou as having a Best of the Bay restaurant interior exemplifying Japanese restraint. The food also made it onto my list of the top 10 very best restaurants in Pinellas in 2016. So when I pull into Saké 23 and realize it’s the fresh incarnation of that special place, I’m slightly apprehensive to taste and see the transformation.
With this change of focus comes a more affordable price point, but also a distinct drop in finesse. Whether this is a worthwhile swap is in the eye of the beholder. The metamorphosis is an attempt to embrace “the energetic vibe of modern-day Japanese culture.”
While Saké 23 certainly delivers what is sets out to do, prepare to be pleased instead of wowed. Your wallet will be happier, but if you were a fan of Souzou, your palate may leave with a sense of longing.
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