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Posted by brookie on 02/03/2007
good, but nothing like sushi of gari or jewel bako. in fact once we tried to go here and the line was too long, so we went to a sushi place directly across the street, and it was so delivious, so fresh, and so much better. i'd reccommend that place any day.
Posted by Saucy Chic on 11/01/2006
My officemates and I just got take-away from Yama and it was not a good experience. First of all, we paid $7 per piece of what was supposed to be King Crab Sushi, and ended up with 4 pieces of Krab with a "K", each piece being approximately 2.5" in length. That works out to $ 2.80 per inch of fake crab. Then there was the slightly unpleasant odor wafting off of the fluke sashimi so that none of us were brave enough to try it. The tempura was soggy, their wasabi was bitter and flavorless and they didn't give us soy sauce in the take-out bag.
Posted by All good things must come to and end! on 08/02/2006
Is it not bad enough that corporate america has been downsizing the workforce to lean the bureaucratic fat, but now Yama is following suit. When first introduced to this diamond in the rough, I was enthralled with its charm and unsparing plates. The sashimi slices were cut so thick as to tempt the novice to devour it in several bites. Alas that is to be no more. I think the term "Sashimi Slivers" are more accountable to the truth. Service might still rank high amongst its peers, but the food and value I exuberantly derived from dining at Yama is now tarnished. Also, the quality of the fish has also begun to decline so that a blind taste could reveal that it's no longer the Yama I would so frequently bring long time and visting friend in earnest.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2006
I usually go to the Houston location, but do sometimes eat at the Carmine St. restaurant as well. Carmine location is much nicer and the service is more attentive, while sushi quality is quite often better at the Houston branch. I have probably eaten at Yama about once a week for the past several years and can attest that the fish is usually of solid quality and the cooked dishes are good. However, this is one of those uneven chains -- on average, you may expect a very good meal, but about 10% of the time, you may come against a disappointment (to an extent that if this is was my first time eating at this restaurant, I would hesitate going back). With that in mind, both raw and cooked fish may vary in quality a bit. One day, the salmon is spectacular and another, just decent. Hamachi-Kama will sometimes blow you away and sometimes will come as a large, lifeless lump of grilled fish, with tough texture and little flavor. Mind you, even at its absolutely very best, Yama fish is the quality of Tomoe's everyday selection. Believe the rumors, the pieces are huge and get bigger the later it is (around 10:00pm, an hour before closing, you could probably fully dine on four pieces of sashimi). All in all, if you are willing to sacrifice a bit of quality in favor of size, you are likely to be very happy.
Posted by SS on 11/17/2005
Yama is not the best sushi in the city by a longshot. Its a decent sushi place which features generous cuts of fish, thats about it. The prices are somewhat expensive for what they are offering, the service is polite. I can't understand why this place gets so packed. If you want to try good sushi at a reasonable price then go to Fukumatsu or Ginger. Both are good.
Posted by SandO on 10/23/2005
Great food for the price! Pieces are Huge!
Posted by desol81 on 10/07/2005
I've never been to Yama on Carmine Street, but I've often gone to their Irving Place and Houston Street branches. The freshest sushi and wonderful cooked dishes for the squemish. The best of these is the Wasabi Shumai. These tasty little fireballs rock!