Saké 23 Takes Over Souzou Space – Grand Opening Fri Sept 21

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Quietly, back in April 2018, 23 Restaurant Services, while in town for their buildout of Ford's Garage and Yeoman's Cask & Ale, stumbled upon Souzou Asian Kitchen and bought it. They've been running it as Souzou for months.

The transformation is now complete, and Saké 23 debuts this weekend with their Grand Opening Events: Friday, 9/21 - Street Laced DJ (Don Pablo), and Saturday, 9/22 - DJ Curtis James (Curtis Viscome).

Menu categories include: Sushi, Sashimi, Bento Boxes, Soups, Ramen, Major Rolls, Minor Rolls, Fried Rice (and cauliflower), and Dinner Plates - see the full menu at the end of this piece.

Some of the Souzou favorites, like the Category 5 (one of our favorites), and even the Souzou roll were kept on the menu. Past Souzou regulars will be happy about this. There are now six ramen options instead of just the one previously available.

When Souzou was first bought, the former head chef left to open his own business, and the sous chef, "T" stepped up and was given the opportunity to take over and create two of his own rolls, The 23 Dragons and the High Roller. They were already a hit in all the taste tests prior to opening, and we thought they were excellent at the preview last night. It's nice to see that Jessi Rogers, who has been there since day one, is still there, and is now the General Manager.

23 Restaurant Services is known as a multi-location restaurant brand, but as of now, there is no other Saké 23 location in the works, but it is also not ruled out, according to Chef Joe Bejos, Director of Culinary. On a phone call, Bejos also said that they have kept the quality, and in some cases, even improved the quality from the past.

Sake 23 Interior - North Side Facing Parking Lot

Saké 23 Interior - North Side Facing Parking Lot

They did a miraculous re-design in only four days—closing on Sunday, and re-opening on Thursday for a VIP party last night, and then open to the public today.

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The interior has been vastly opened up, and made brighter, and more welcoming. (We showed up early, before the party to get good unobstructed shots. You could barely move it was so packed later on.)

Sake 23 is Brighter & More Open than it's predecessor

Saké 23 is Brighter & More Open than its Predecessor

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Saké 23 Outdoor Signs

Saké 23 Outdoor Signs

One of the challenges of the location is ... the location!

That's why they have much more prominent signs now. A lot of traffic actually goes by the restaurant, but now much more of that traffic will know there is actually a Japanese restaurant there.

Kevin Godbee & Lori Brown (St. Petersburg Foodies) with Billy Diamond (Center), Executive VP of Operations for 23 Restaurants

Kevin Godbee & Lori Brown (St. Petersburg Foodies) with Billy Diamond (Center), Executive VP of Operations for 23 Restaurants

We rarely talk about prices for various reasons, which we won't go into here, but we feel it is our duty, in this case to inform you that prices on sushi, and other items have been significantly reduced from what the location charged before. We spoke to Marc Brown, the President of the company, last night, and he simply stated; "their margins were too high".

We sampled several items last night, and they were all quite impressive, and delicious.

Feast your eyes on these, and this weekend, actually feast on them!

Banh Mi Bao Buns

Banh Mi Bao Buns -
shoyu braised pork belly / pickled vegetables / fresh herbs

Fresh Summer Rolls - shrimp / thai basil / mint leaves / shredded carrots spicy peanut sauce

Fresh Summer Rolls -
shrimp / thai basil / mint leaves / shredded carrots spicy peanut sauce

Saké 23 Noodle - salad yakisoba / thai basil / mint / napa cabbage red cabbage / sweet chili soy dressing

Saké 23 Noodle - salad
yakisoba / thai basil / mint / napa cabbage
red cabbage / sweet chili soy dressing

Ginger Cucumber - Stoli cucumber / ginger / cucumber / lime

Ginger Cucumber - Stoli cucumber / ginger / cucumber / lime

Japanese Cobbler

Sake Sampler - they actually have 23 sakes

Saké Sampler - they actually have 23 sakés

23 Dragons - tempura shrimp / salmon / avocado / eel sauce / jalapeño / cilantro

23 Dragons - tempura shrimp / salmon / avocado / eel sauce / jalapeño / cilantro

High Roller = snow crab / tuna / cream cheese / coconut flakes / cilantro avocado / eel sauce / spicy mayo

High Roller = snow crab / tuna / cream cheese / coconut flakes / cilantro avocado / eel sauce / spicy mayo

Saké 23 Pineapple Fried Rice & Spam

Saké 23 Pineapple Fried Rice & Spam

Bourbon Chicken - organic chicken / shoyu bourbon glaze

Bourbon Chicken - organic chicken / shoyu bourbon glaze

Miso Hungry Ramen - miso broth / nori seaweed / tofu croutons / asparagus / enoki mushrooms

Miso Hungry Ramen - miso broth / nori seaweed / tofu croutons / asparagus / enoki mushrooms

Central Chicken Ramen - shio chicken broth / bok choy / organic chicken carrot / soft boiled egg / kombu kelp

Central Chicken Ramen - shio chicken broth / bok choy / organic chicken carrot / soft boiled egg / kombu kelp

KAMPAI!

Sake 23 Menu

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  • Saké 23
  • 727-823-4050
  • Sushi, Ramen, Bowls
    • Sun - Wed 11:00am - 10:00pm
    • Thu - Sat 11:00am - 1:00am
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  • Take Reservations: Yes!
  • 435 5th Ave North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, US

23 Restaurant Services acquired asian restaurant, Saké 23, previously Souzou, in April 2018. Saké 23 will continue their pacific rim inspired favorites with even greater attention to food quality and new emphasis on a variety of elevated dishes.

DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Abby, & Haley do not dine anonymously (this would be impossible) and we sometimes get free food (though never expected). However, we dine with the locals and we support our own. You will always get honesty in a respectful manner.
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