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The Art & Etiquette of Using Chopsticks

Chopsticks have been around for thousands of years, and are the staple utensil in our Japanese restaurant. For some people, using chopsticks just seems to come naturally. For others, it’s an acquired skill that often begins with the addition of a rubber band. Whatever the case, once you’ve mastered the two-stick utensils, there are a… Read more


Gen-JI-Mai – Rice Like You’ve Never Seen or Tasted It Before

Rice is rice is rice, right? Wrong. From texture to taste to nutritional value, different types of rice present a completely diverse experience for both your palate and your health. Some are starchier, some are chewier, some have more vitamins and minerals than others, but one rice stands out among all the others: Gen-Ji-Mai. Gen-Ji-Mai… Read more


Happy Valentine’s Day

We asked Taro how the Japanese celebrate Valentine’s Day. He said the women give chocolates to men because traditional Japanese women are very reserved and do not openly express affection. So Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to express their feelings. There are two types of gifts of chocolate, Taro went on to explain. One is… Read more


Latex in the Bedroom Not in the Kitchen

We support the petition organized by State Rep. Philip Ting to repeal the mandatory glove use law for restaurants. Nothing in this law has proved to us that gloves would be more effective against minimizing the chances of cross contamination than a properly executed hand washing policy. Our kitchen staff and sushi chefs are extremely… Read more


Savor the Sips and Mind the Drips

We are doing our part at Mikuni to maintain a precious resource. We think it’s a safe bet that you will want to do your part too. So, let’s work as a team to help make a difference. Instead of automatically placing water on your table, we will provide it only upon request. If you… Read more


Random Acts of Kindness

We are at the halfway point in the Mikuni Random Acts of Kindness promotion and we have already seen 600 recommendations for local charities. With two weeks to go, we expect to hit 1,000 and we are so inspired by the incredible causes looking for support in the Sacramento community. We want to remind you… Read more


Japanese Restaurants in Sacramento Serve Delicious and Healthy Sushi

The Daily Mail published an article that discusses the health benefits of the sushi served in Japanese restaurants in Sacramento. Listed below are the primary health benefits of three ingredients found in sushi: Raw fish, cooked vinegar rice, and wasabi. Raw Fish Consuming the fresh raw fish found in sushi is a great way for… Read more


The Best Restaurants in Sacramento Serve Delicious Fusion Cuisine

People have always enjoyed fine cuisine, and the taste of delicious food and drinks has brought countless people joy and comfort. The satisfaction provided by tastefully prepared meals is evident in the different culinary traditions that exist in the world. Globalization has brought about exciting changes in cuisine, and fusion cuisine–which combines the culinary traditions… Read more


Lord of Rice Contest

The Rice Trader Taps Area Native For Critical Local And International Role DURHAM CALIFORNIA, October 23, 2013 – It is with great pleasure that The Rice Trader is able to announce that Chef Kotaro “Taro” Arai, owner of Mikuni restaurant, won the 5th Annual Lord of Rice Contest. As CEO Jeremy Zwinger, stated, “Chef Taro’s culinary skills and… Read more


Mikuni Reopens Midtown Sacramento Location After Remodel

SACRAMENTO, CA– Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar re-opened their Midtown Sacramento location Tuesday after closing for one week during restaurant renovations and maintenance. To celebrate, Mikuni will unveil a new painting by performance artist, David Garibaldi at 1:08 p.m. on Friday, October 18th, followed by a sampling of iidako (baby octopus), to the first… Read more


Mikuni Supports Gluten Free Awareness with Enhanced Menu in May

SACRAMENTO,CA- Mikuni Restaurant Group has partnered with Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) for the fourth annual Chef to Plate Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Campaign during May. “Mikuni strives to offer a variety of dining options to our guests regardless of food allergies or dietary restrictions,” said Taro Arai, Master Chef and co-owner of Mikuni. “Our staff is confident… Read more


Chef Taro Arai and His Little Brother Return for a Culinary Grand Finale at Mikuni Sushi Judgment Day Final Round

SACRAMENTO, CA- Mikuni Roseville will host Judgment Day Final Round, where Chefs Kotaro “Taro” Arai and Naomichi “Nao” Arai return for a culinary grand finale. Guests will blind taste recipes to decide which will make it onto the Mikuni Summer menu along with the others that were chosen at the past two Judgment Days. This event… Read more


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