Sushi and Sake at Takara Sushi in New Tampa (giveaway) – The Foodie Patootie

Sushi and Sake at Takara Sushi in New Tampa (giveaway)

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Thanks to the immense generosity of Takara Sushi & Sake Lounge in New Tampa, I was invited in with some other bloggers to taste some offerings on the new Ladies Night menu launching this evening. Ladies Night will take place every Thursday from 7pm to close with half priced soup and salads (Miso Soup, House Ginger Salad, Kani Su), half priced appetizers (Garlic Edamame, Chicken Tatsu-age, Pork Pot Stickers), the new Sushi Tacos, and $8 select sushi rolls.  That doesn’t even begin to break the surface as Takara also has wine and sake deals. Keep in mind that Takara has a daily happy hour from 5pm-7pm.

For the ladies, Takara has just become a premier spot to spend your evening with good girl friends. Here are a handful of the menu items that I hope you’ll enjoy soon:

Garlic Edamame

Garlic Edamame

Chicken Tatsu-age

Chicken Tatsu-age

This Chicken Tatsu-age is made with 7-spice Japanese seasoned chicken served over spicy mayo for out of this world flavor.

Pork Pot Stickers

Pork Pot Stickers

Kani Su

Kani Su

Kani Su is made with crab, scallions and sesame seeds in a cucumber salad with vinaigrette dressing. This was a crowd favorite, providing a refreshing quality.

Crab Tacos

Crab Tacos

The Crab Tacos are pictured above, but Takara also offers Tempura Grouper and Spicy Tuna tacos. All tacos are served with avocado, red onion, cucumber and Asian mango salsa in the most crispy, delicious shell ever. Sushi Tacos are only available on Ladies Night.

sushi-platter

Next, it was time for mounds of sushi. Takara sure knows how to lavish and as my eyes got wide with the idea of many sushi bites, I dug in.

Green Lantern: Tuna, crab delight, mixed greens, cucumber, red pepper, avocado, rolled in rice and soy paper, served with spicy ponzu

L to R: Kani Tempura Roll: Tempura crab, cream cheese, asparagus, cucumber, rolled in seaweed and rice, topped with shrimp and avocado, served with eel sauce and spicy mayo; Green Lantern: Tuna, crab delight, mixed greens, cucumber, red pepper, avocado, rolled in rice and soy paper, served with spicy ponzu

Crunchy Rainbow Roll: Crab, cucumber, avocado rolled in seaweed and rice, topped with tuna, salmon, whitefish and wonton crisp, served with eel sauce

Crunchy Rainbow Roll: Crab, cucumber, avocado rolled in seaweed and rice, topped with tuna, salmon, whitefish and wonton crisp, served with eel sauce

Red Dragon Roll: Crab, cucumber, asparagus, rolled in seaweed and rice, topped with tuna and avocado, served with spicy mayo and eel sauce

Red Dragon Roll: Crab, cucumber, asparagus, rolled in seaweed and rice, topped with tuna and avocado, served with spicy mayo and eel sauce

Sashimi Roll: Tuna, salmon, whitefish, crab, smelt roe, scallion, rolled in seaweed, served with sweet miso sauce

Sashimi Roll: Tuna, salmon, whitefish, crab, smelt roe, scallion, rolled in seaweed, served with sweet miso sauce

Crazy Tako Roll: Tempura octopus, avocado, red bell pepper, cucumber, rolled in seaweed and rice, topped with crab and smelt roe, served with sassy sauce

Crazy Tako Roll: Tempura octopus, avocado, red bell pepper, cucumber, rolled in seaweed and rice, topped with crab and smelt roe, served with sassy sauce

DJ Roll: Crab salad, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, wrapped in soy paper and rice, served panko style with eel sauce and yum yum sauce

DJ Roll: Crab salad, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, wrapped in soy paper and rice, served panko style with eel sauce and yum yum sauce

Tempura Bagel Roll: Smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado and scallion, wrapped in seaweed and rice, served tempura style with eel sauce and spicy mayo

Tempura Bagel Roll: Smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado and scallion, wrapped in seaweed and rice, served tempura style with eel sauce and spicy mayo

Along with all of the above, we were treated with dessert and plenty of sake. Lots and lots of sake. The sake we had included Ozeki Hana Awake (Sparkling Sake), infused-flavored sake, Shirakawago Nigori, Bunraku Junmai Ginjyo, and Gekkeiken Horin.

Banana Bomb: Tempura fried banana & dark chocolate wrapped in spring roll skin served with vanilla ice-cream, sliced almonds & assorted sauces

Banana Bomb: Tempura fried banana & dark chocolate wrapped in spring roll skin served with vanilla ice-cream, sliced almonds & assorted sauces

My first time visiting Takara Sushi was phenomenal and this second visit was as well. The good people of Takara are also supplying me with a $25 gift card for one lucky reader. Enter using Rafflecopter below. The giveaway ends next Tuesday, just in time for you to make Thursday night plans. 🙂

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15 Responses to “Sushi and Sake at Takara Sushi in New Tampa (giveaway)”

  1. Megan — May 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    We have to go here one night for ladies night!!!

    • Jennifer — May 3rd, 2013 @ 8:54 am

      We really do need to! I love their DJ Roll and crave it all the time!

  2. amanda juarez — May 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I would try the DJ sushi roll. And the banana bomb! Yum!

    • Jennifer — May 3rd, 2013 @ 8:56 am

      Both great choices, Amanda! The DJ Roll is my absolute favorite!

  3. Nichole C — May 2, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I am always a sucker for pot stickers; but those crab tacos are also calling my name!

    • Jennifer — May 3rd, 2013 @ 8:57 am

      Both are so amazing! The pot stickers are some of the best I’ve had.

  4. Crystal Hamilton — May 3, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I have heard a lot of good things about this place. The DJ Roll and the Banana Bomb are making me hungry!! I would want to try both of them.

    • Jennifer — May 3rd, 2013 @ 9:44 am

      Good choice! The DJ Roll is my favorite!

  5. Leslie — May 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Oh my goodness…that chicken tastu-age looks (and sounds) SO delicious. You already know how I feel about those tacos too…but I think I’d opt for the grouper…I just can’t get down with “krab” unless it’s hidden in a sushi roll. The Green Lantern roll also sounds ridiculous! Next time I go there, I’m trying it out for sure. Oh…and for once, I’m sad that I’m allergic to bananas. Damn.

  6. Jen — May 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Can I just have one of everything? Their presentation is beautiful!

  7. Run DMT — May 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I have heard such great things about this place! I would love to try it! Hubby and I love sushi!

  8. Steph — May 3, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Looks scrumptious! I love sushi and have heard great things about this place!

  9. Lindsay Gibson — May 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    pot stickers

  10. Raubi Perilli — May 7, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I’m a now a huge fan of Takara. We need to go back soon!

    • Jennifer — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:17 am

      I agree! Definitely on a Thursday 😀

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