SanSai - Japanese Grill

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Savoring San Diego

San Diego Union-Tribune, Night and Day Dining Guide, San Diego, CA–Oct.14, 2004– Sure, SanSai Grill is a fast food restaurant. But the food is fresh and well-seasoned, so who cares? It’s possible to get a much healthier meal here that what you typically associate with fast food. SanSai is quickly becoming a favorite stop for those lucky enough to work or live near one.

There’s not much atmosphere; SanSai Grills have modern white-and-black décor accented by red touches and some abstract art on the wall. The real focal point is the front counter, where it is possible to catch a glimpse of the freshly made salads.

Chicken teriyaki is one of the staples. It’s made from a juicy chicken thigh grilled to order and drizzled with a thick, sweet sauce. The dinner plate comes with a side of rice, a grilled vegetable skewer and a choice of two salads such as a green salad studded with bits of chicken and mandarin orange, or a cucumber and seaweed salad. Those same dishes can be paired with steak, salmon or a combination of shrimp and chicken.

Smaller combination plates feature tempura shrimp and vegetables, California rolls or yakisoba, a noodle dish. The menu is strong on sushi-inspired creations, from the ahi tuna tartare salad to California rolls and soft-shell crab tempura hand rolls. The key is that the restaurants are so busy, the fish is always fresh.

SanSai plates are $6.99 to $8.99; rolls are about $5 to $8. Open 11a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (until 8:30 p.m. Sunday).

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