Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Have You Tried Sake House in Roseville Yet?

We recently asked Styler Cathy Carmichael to go try out Sake House. Cathy exuberantly took on the editorial challenge!

Here's what she had to say about her Sake House experience:

"My friend and I decided to check out the new Sake House restaurant at the Fountains in Roseville after work this past Friday night.

Surprisingly, it was not jam-packed on a Friday evening, so the hostess was able to seat us quickly.

As we walked through the very spacious building to our table in the back, I noticed that there was pleasant outdoor seating along the entire exterior of the building. Had it not been so hot outside, I would have opted to sit on the comfy-looking couches on the patio.

Inside, the décor was modern Japanese, all black walls and high open-ceilings, with only red accent candles on the tables. We passed a long inviting bar on one side of the room and a stainless-steel sushi bar just opposite.

Sake House offers the kind of casual atmosphere where you can go to directly from work and not feel like you have to go home first to change. The servers were friendly and efficient, bringing iced water as soon as we were seated, with our personal server stopping by to greet us just moments later. As she walked away to give us time to study the cocktail menu, the manager came by our table to make sure we had been attended to.

The cocktail menu was extensive, but all with one common ingredient – Sake! My friend ordered the “Lemon Sake Drop” and I decided to try something new, the “Citrus Mistress” which turned out to be a delicious and refreshing blend of fruit juices, flavored with Cointreau liqueur – and Sake!

For the beer lover, they offered an extensive menu, with both local and imports, along with several Japanese beers.

We learned from our server, that had we arrived a little earlier, we would have been privy to the Happy Hour specials that included half-off all drinks and sushi rolls, offered every day from 3 p.m. -6 p.m.

While we sipped our delicious cocktails, we perused the ample menu of fabulous choices including a long list of various sushi rolls, along with some great “small plate” options for the non-sushi lover, such as baby back beef ribs and shrimp tempura. It was a difficult choice with so many offerings, but we decided to try a few different things to share. We settled on the breezy roll, with tempura shrimp and crab, the grilled albacore tuna, and gyoza, a chicken and vegetable dumpling, or pot-sticker. Our food arrived quickly, everything colorfully and artfully prepared.

Since I am a non-sushi person, I was stepping outside my comfort level with the grilled on the outside/raw-like on the inside tuna, and with the sushi rolls which came topped, to our surprise, each with a slice of fresh raw scallop. However, I was up for the challenge, and decided that after trying and enjoying every bit of it, dipping each into their own delicious sauces, that I actually like sushi! Everything came in large, ample portions and was absolutely mouth-wateringly delicious, and we managed to eat every bite of it!

I would go back to the Sake House restaurant in a second! The great service, delicious food, and cool, comfortable atmosphere made it a memorable evening worth repeating! Maybe next time we’ll aim for the Happy Hour!"

Thanks Cathy!

If you want to enjoy Sake House for yourself, check them out at 1017 Galleria Boulevard in Roseville. 916-782-5040,

Photo by Dante Fontana, copyright Style Media Group.

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