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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/30/2010
Sit at the sushi bar in front of mr. Yasuda. He'll introduce u to the real Sushi. Don't choose. Let him do it for u! It's simply great. Maki are something special. TRY IT! One of the best sushi I have ever tried. It's not commercial sushi
Posted by Anonymous on 03/19/2010
We had been lucky enough to score a reservation at the sushi counter with Chef Yasuda. I was politely told when I called that they would only hold the reservation for 1o minutes and that we had to leave after 1 1/2 hours. I've read many complaints about this here and on other sites. They are completely upfront about this when you make your reservation so I'm not sure why people get angry or are surprised about it when their time is up. This is a very small restaurant in a very expensive city. They need to turn their tables, its basic economics, if you're not okay with this then you should probably find another place. As it turns out I got caught in cross town traffic and arrived 17 minutes after my reservation time, my friend was waiting, Chef Yasuda was a gentleman. We ordered the Omakase. Chef Yasuda said at the end of the meal that we each had 30 pieces of sushi. I can honestly say I lost count but as I try to remember back to all the varieties of fish, shellfish and rolls we had, each one more amazing than the other, we must have had many more than 30. We gave Chef Yasuda carte blanche to serve us whatever he wanted, no preferences, no restrictions. I think that is the way you get the best experience and the chef appreciates the opportunity. I've seen/heard people order Omakase and then follow it with many rules: none of this, extra that, so on; etc. That's not the spirit of Omakase, although if you do have a strong objection to something I'm sure Chef Yasuda will accommodate. In my opinion the fish is properly proportioned to the rice and yes much smaller then some places that drape a hunk of fish over rice. We followed all of Chef Yasuda's suggestions. We only dipped rolls in soy sauce (some once, others twice as suggested), we held our chopstick parallel to the table and did not grab the sushi from above, we never added wasabi. Some pieces we were told to use our hands, we did. We were at the hands of a master and we were there to experience sushi his way. It was sublime. The best sushi experience we ever had. I will regret spending any money on sushi anywhere else from now on. My friend had 4 or 5 sakis (different varieties that chef Yasuda recommended), I had about 6 Kirin drafts. The price, a tad under $500 before tip. Expensive, yes. Worth it? Absolutely. By the way, we exceeded our allotted reservation time and we were politely asked by the waitress to start wrapping up our meal. A large group of people were gathered by the door.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/03/2010
the last review was spot on, I have had sushi here on two special occassions and would rather save for a year than have sushi anywhere else. Made the mistake of taking my 20 year old sons here... they are begging me to go back for their birthdays, for Thanksgiving, for Christmas... for anytime as long as we treat them. Fantastic!
Posted by anonymous on 09/04/2009
The only problem with Sushi Yasuda is that after eating here you won't want to eat sushi anywhere else.
Posted by sushi lover on 08/18/2009
this is NOT a place for some1 that doesn't know sushi. it's a waste of money and good fish. this restaurant prefers to maintain the integrity of the food rather than cater to an unrefined palate, which is clearly it's prerogative, and not detrimental at all for business since those ppl are NOT it's target audience. the fish is amazingly fresh, rice is PERFECT and just the right amt of wasabi and soy sauce is already on the fish. as yasuda likes to say, he does his job all the way. if you want to drown out the taste of sushi w ginger sauce or whatever, this is NOT the place for you. best experience is to sit at the sushi bar w yasuda. it's a MUST!