The Japanese call the blossom of the cherry tree ‘SAKURA’. The meaning of cherry blossoms in Japan runs deep, known for its overwhelming beauty, but also for its enduring expression of life, death and renewal; the sakura reminds us that life is short and beautiful, just like the cherry blossom that falls from the tree after just a few days. By giving the name ‘sakura’, we are always ready to accept the life changes such as life and death, success and failure, happiness and sadness.

Why Japanese?

People’s eating behavior is changing more and more, people want food that is healthy and fits well with an active lifestyle. Japanese food is typically clean, not greasy and does not leave you felling overly full or sleepy. It does feel like you are doing something good for your body.

Why open kitchen?

Unlike the majority of takeaways we always prefer to have open kitchen, so customers can see our chefs at work as we have nothing to hide from customers! We are proud of the high level of hygiene in our kitchen, the skill and professionalism of our chefs. We know that our customers enjoy seeing how we prepare their dishes, and we also enjoying talking to our customers while we prepare the food.

How Sakura Sushi & Buns journey begins?

As Japanese chefs we have worked for nearly ten years in Japanese food industry and wanted to share our love, respect and enthusiasms for the food in our own business in a new venue with its own unique atmosphere. We have learnt so much from our experiences but knew that the time was right to strike out on our own. Then we started our very first shop (Sakura- Japanese Cafe & Sushi Bar) in the Aldersbrook area of Wanstead and it was very successful with many happy and loyal customers enjoying the open kitchen, but being very small and with a continually growing business, both in the number of dishes we offer and in the number of customers we serve, now is a natural time for a bigger venue closer to more people in South Woodford. Here is the Sakura Sushi & Buns story begins.

Why this location?

According to our own experiences, Wanstead and South woodford areas are the most friendly and supportive community which values its local small businesses, despite easy access to places such as Westfield in Stratford or Central London. Despite Japanese food being a new concept to some, we hope the health benefits of Japanese food will encourage people be open-minded enough to give it a chance. Word of mouth is the most powerful tool we have. We build up great relationships with many customers who always love and support us.


160, Hermon Hill, South Woodford, E18 1QH, London.

Phone Number?

020 8617 3030