Old Saying

The well-loved Tachibana is beginning to look the part

Also on the menu are about a half-dozen items that can serve as appetizers or sides, including skewers of chicken yakitori, a smaller order of tempura (that's still a good bit of food, with two shrimp and half-a-dozen vegetables), Japanese-style miniature barbecue beef ribs and kushiyaki, three skewered shrimp with pieces of bacon fused to them.

Tachibana: As friendly and popular as ever, but it could really use a makeover
Mark Gilliland
Tachibana: As friendly and popular as ever, but it could really use a makeover

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Tachibana

12967 Olive
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: Creve Coeur

Details

Sushi $1.65-$4.00
Makizushi $1.95-$7.50
Yakitori $4.75
Shabu-shabu $9.75
Nabeyaki udon $7.75
Swordfish teriyaki $9.95

314-434-3455. Hours: lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; dinner, 5-9 p.m. nightly.

12967 Olive (Olive Arcade Plaza, at Fee Fee)

Service is terrifically friendly, from the requisite "Iras-shai!" when you walk in the door to lessons, if necessary, in swish-swishing your shabu-shabu or cutting your swordfish with chopsticks. (The staff doesn't frown on requests for Western utensils.) Still, we sure would have preferred to not see the paper sushi menus tossed over the top of sushi orders as they were delivered, or Styrofoam containers stacked at odd angles along with serving plates behind the sushi bar or any other instances of lack of order that lent a too-casual air to a culture and cuisine that prides itself on being just so.

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