Valentine’s Day this year fell on what was a lovely sunny Friday in Arizona. This, of course, meant only one thing: every bar and restaurant in town was going to be packed by around 5pm.
Being the intelligent creatures that we are, we decided to head out early for Happy Hour and try and avoid the crowds. The fourteenth of February is a special occasion for us, not least because it is also Valentine’s Day, but we usually try and avoid going anywhere on the actual day for fear of getting gouged by set menus and high prices.
When we rocked up to Sapporo they had just opened and there was a great spot on the outside terrace available, so we made ourselves comfortable and perused the menu. This was the first time I’d ever gone out to eat sushi (I know, gasps of horror all round). I’d only ever eaten sushi in to-go pack form, from supermarkets and chain places (I know, more gasps of horror). But I knew enough about it to know that I would love it when done properly.
The menu is fairly overwhelming. They serve sushi and teppanyaki, and the list is extensive, with some creative concoctions on there. We opted for a Spicy Tuna (spicy tuna mix, cucumber and kaiware), Las Vegas (toasted eel, crab, avocado and cream cheese), Friends With Benefits (crab mix and cucumber roll topped with lobster, jalapeno slices and a chipotle mayo) and the Lobster Potstickers.