After nearly a year, a restaurant has finally opened in the former Tamaya Sushi Bar & Grill space: Sakamoto (2131 J Street).
Tamaya lost its lease last December after 10 years of operation—a somewhat confusing transfer of power, according to the Sacramento Bee. That same article suggested the arrival of a fusion concept, but Sakamoto is actually more of a straightforward Japanese restaurant.
The menu features some fun, interesting appetizers, as well as the usual assortment of entrees, donburi, tempura and bento boxes. There’s also a selection of udon, soba and ramen.
As with Tamaya, though, the main attraction is the sushi bar. Sakamoto’s doesn’t shine from neon lights, though: the aesthetic is less nightclub and more contemporary simplicity. Yellow dominates, greatly brightening up what was once a very dark dining room—besides those neon lights, anyway.
The sushi roll selection accounts for two whole pages on the menu, divided up into regular, cooked, spicy and vegetarian. The spicy section, in particular, is quite strong, with 18 options. Most rolls and dishes cost $10-$15.