More than Sake and Sushi

Nov 13, 2018

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.
 

New St. Petersburg Asian restaurant Saké 23 isn\'t drippin\' in finesse, but it certainly deliversWay 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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