Sakura Japanese Steak House to Open in Oaklyn


The former Taco Bell location on the White Horse Pike has been transformed inside and out into the first sushi restaurant in the borough.

By Matt Skoufalos | December 31, 2019

Sakura Japanese Steak House in Oaklyn. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.

January 2, 2020 opens a new year, a new decade, and the first Japanese restaurant in Oaklyn.

Sakura Japanese Steak House is the eighth sushi restaurant for husband and wife Ling and Yuna Jiang.

The couple, which hails from Greenville, South Carolina, moved up to New Jersey three years ago to be closer to family.

They are related to the owners of Sakura restaurant in Merchantville.

“We’ve been doing this for 10 years,” Ling Jiang said.

The location—the former Taco Bell in the 300 block of the White Horse Pike—is “a very good spot for people; very convenient,” he said.

After three months of construction, the former fast food restaurant has been renovated significantly. In addition to its 50-seat, BYOB dining room, Sakura also offers online ordering and a drive-through window for take-out patrons.

The dining room at Sakura Japanese Steak House in Oaklyn. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.

The menu is built around sushi and sashimi dishes as well as hibachi.

Popular menu items include the signature Sakura roll (shrimp tempura, cucumber, avocado, and seaweed) and the deep-fried Super Crunch roll (crabmeat, cucumber avocado shrimp, seaweed, and fresh salmon), Ling Jiang said.

Hibachi meals comprise chicken, steak, salmon, scallops, and shrimp platters.

“We use good, quality ingredients,” said Yuna Jiang. “People can tell.”

Sakura Japanese Steak House is located at 338 White Horse Pike in Oaklyn. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9: 30 p.m. daily. For more information, call 856-399-1588 or visit

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