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Posted by David on 12/11/2010
The only thing better than sushi here is going to the fish market in Tokyo. Ask to sit in front of Mr. Yasuda and let him serve you whatever he wants. It's completely amazing. Unfortunately, Mr. Yasuda is starting a new restaurant in Japan, so you best act quick to sit with him. If you do, you won't be sorry. One more thing. Ignore the bad reviews on this site. Some people obviously don't recognize good food when it's put in front of them.
Posted by boo on 09/06/2010
The luxury of sitting at the sushi counter is to be able to communicate with the sushi chefs and hear interesting stories about what you put in your mouth. Sushi Yasuda did have pretty good selection of fish including some that I had not heard of even in Japan. Must have been unconventional sushi materials. So I was very interested and wanted to know about them but our sushi-chef was very non-interesting, non-entertaining one and all he said was "it's good" or "would taste like mackerel" when asked questions. No, the language was not the issue as the chef and I are both Japanese and we were speaking in our native language. And no, it wasn't so busy that he couldn't stop his hand for 5 seconds to have a little talk. Of course chef's 1st priority is not to chat with customers, but to make a good food, which he did an okay job of, except when he put too much sea salt or brushed too much soy sauce on sushi pieces. But the real good sushi chefs i know would be able to give you information on what they are serving with some interesting stories without being chatty. In general the people work there seem to be dead inside or something. They are doing their jobs, but just don't seem to care much. The quality of the food - Okay. It's not bad for the price (2 of us had belly full of sushi, 2 appetizers, beer and carafes of sake for $230 before tip) but nothing was remarkable either. I would rather pay a little more and go somewhere better because we do not eat sushi often and I want it to be a good experience each time...
Posted by jb on 09/02/2010
Yes, the restaurant is indeed beautiful and the service is amazing, but the food is just not worth the price. While it's a few dollars cheaper than some of the other sushi places around here, you do not receive the same amount of sushi for the price.
Posted by Matt on 08/17/2010
I will start this off by saying that I am not a big sushi fan. With that being said, I’ve had many business meetings at sushi restaurants (along with all other ethnicities) throughout the years. The client gets to choose the restaurant and in this unfortunate case, my client chose Sushi Yasuda. When I’ve gone to other sushi restaurants in the past, the staff has been very helpful and accommodating in finding something for me. As others have already noted, that was not my experience at Yasuda. I won’t go on and on about how uncomfortable the staff made me feel or how much I disliked my meal. I will say that when a person goes to a restaurant – they are paying for a service and to be treated. I find it ridiculous that people on this board are calling out others for being “cheap or overweight” for mentioning that the food is overpriced and comes in extremely small portions. I am in great shape and I make a lot of money and I still found the place to be completely overpriced, overrated and I left hungry. I realize that the chef prepares things in a certain way but what if a person has an allergy, are they allowed to be accommodated? I’m sure most of you would return a steak if it was not cooked to your liking so why is this place different? All chefs prepare foods the way they want (hence the “chef’s suggestion”) however we all still order the food the way we want it. I’m not sure why this restaurant gets a pass. The joke is that everyone flocks to a restaurant that treats their customers poorly, charges a fortune and then flips a table while customers are still eating. The place is making a killing!
Posted by hl on 08/11/2010
The quality of the fish is good but the pieces of sashimi are the smallest i have ever seen. I have never left a restaurant hungry before and that's after spending $160 for two.
Posted by karen on 08/09/2010
after going through many reviews for many japanese/sushi restaurants, I took the advice of many here and showed up - alone - at 9:00 pm. I was taken to sit at the sushi bar and must say that I have never felt so taken care of in any restaurant as this. This food has been my favorite for 35 years, so I am not a neophyte to the sushi bar experience. Still, my sushi chef created great sushi for me, even steering me towards what he considered to be the better choices, and he was never wrong. The portions are small, but so good that I chose to stop eating before I felt stuffed so that I could savor what I did have. $100 for a meal and one sake wasn't bad for what it was, and I would highly recommend as well.
Posted by Michelle Belgard on 07/16/2010
I had lunch here today and I STILL cannot stop thinking about my meal. I had several different selections of sushi and sashimi. My garu was replaced the moment I depleted it - and my request for onw shiso leaf was graciously honored. Absolute perfection. Yes, the portions are small. Hello America! In Japan - it's about quality and presentation- NOT PORTION SIZE! And seriously -if a MASTER takes the time to share his VAST knowledge about something he ABSOLUTELY knows more about than you do - STFU and TRUST THAT HE KNOWS WHAT THE HELL HE IS TALKING ABOUT. Man o mano. Seriously the customer is not always right - particularly when ignorance gets in the way of them learning something new. Can't wait to go back. I bet I dream of this place nightly.