Haven’t snagged a seat at Sushi Yoshizumi? With extremely limited quantities of seats, this restaurant serves just 18 people a day with its unusual edomae style that makes for a novel sushi experience.
To dine at Sushi Yoshizumi is not like dining at your average sushi restaurant with a DIY soy sauce/wasabi dipping bowl by your side.
Besides the $158 price tag for the mandatory Omakase menu, the chef specializes in edomae style sushi.
What is Edomae Style Sushi?
Edo means “work,” and in old Edo (now present day Tokyo), the chefs had to do extra work to keep the raw fish from spoiling. They would use techniques such as marinating, simmering, steaming, and adding sauces to the fish.
Because of this extra work, edomae sushi is a far cry from the average sushi restaurant that slices raw fish on top of vinegared rice and leaves the soy sauce to the diner.
Who is Chef Yoshizumi?
Chef Akira Yoshizumi is a well trained chef from Japan who has spent years perfecting his craft at top notch sushi restaurants. Highlights of his CV include:
- Worked at 4 star Hatsuhana Sushi, where he learned Edomae Sushi
- Apprenticed under Edomae Sushi master – Takumi Okabe
- Executive Chef of Umami in San Francisco
What is included in the Omakase?
Round 1: Paired with a crispy and fruity sake
Round 2: Paired with a fruity sake
Round 3: Paired with a Junmai sake from Miyagi
Round 4: Paired with a dry and well rounded sake
Round 5: Paired with a clean and sweet sake
The meal included 21 bites of food all sliced, rolled, and served by the chef right in front of you. It felt a little bit like baby birds watching and waiting patiently to be handfed by big bird.
There is an option for additional courses with the premium omakase menu for $250. However, the regular omakase is plenty to fill your belly and tantalize your tastebuds without feeling overstuffed.
Helpful Reservation Tips
- Booking a reservation must normally be done 2 months in advance and online only. However, check for last minute cancellations the same week.
- The first seating is at 5:30pm, but the doors open earlier than that. You don’t need to show up exactly at 5:30pm (like I did).
- There are just 9 seats, and you get to select your own seat. Come early if you want to pick.
- Corkage is $40, but the mini sake tasting for $60 is worth the cost and includes 5 tastes of approximately 2 oz pours.
- Expect to spend 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours to complete the omakase.
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