Best Of 2018

Best Japanese sauce: YAKINIKU at ICHICORO ANE

Best Japanese sauce

Go directly to the niki (meat) section of the menu and order yakiniku. While the grilled wagyu beef is the most expensive plate at $18, it’s not the knee-buckling A5 waygu that’s as soft as butter. It is, however, a scrumptious teriyaki-glazed hunk of beef. More importantly, it’s served with a small bowl of absolutely decadent and seductive sake-shiso butter, which you won’t soon forget. The butter’s such a great complement to the umami-filled waygu that you need to concentrate, lest you forget your name. I just want a bucket of the sauce to keep at home. Station House, 260 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 727-300-0281, —Jon Palmer Claridge