Oyama Report (Fresno)
Hubby and I took a break from our Mexican streak and decided to have a late lunch at Oyama Express yesterday. It is located in North Fresno in what I think is called the Universal Park, but what everyone in Fresno refers to as Riverpark. It is right next door to Red Robin and close to Hooters.
Anyway, once inside we were seated immediately and brought drinks. Inside decor is pleasant and clean, but not romantic. That was fine, since we were there for the food anyway. We had a good view of the sushi bar and everything there looked spotless and good cleaning practices were being used by the sushi chef. We ordered some miso soup to start which was good, although we are used to being served just the bowl with no spoon. This bowl came with a spoon.
Now we had to decide what to order. Let me start out by saying I love sushi rolls! I know they are not authentic, but I don't really care, I think they taste awesome. So if you are a purist, you probably should look away. We ordered too much sushi because we wanted to try a couple different things.
We ordered the Avocado Maki, which was six pieces of a seaweed outside roll with avocado only on the inside for $2.50. This served as our palate cleanser. The avocado was ripe and smooth with no browning at all.
Also ordered the Tiger Roll, a rice outside roll with tempura crab and cucumber on the inside and topped with shrimp and avocado on the outside. This was 8 pieces for $9.50. I loved the presentation and clean taste of this roll. Everything was super fresh and the flavors blended well.
Next was the Hot Mama Roll because I love spicy tuna. This roll was spicy crab, avocado, and cucmber on the inside with spicy tuna put on top. Eight pieces for $9.95. I loved the spiciness of this dish which left you with a pleasantly warmed tongue. However, the spicy crab was mixed with mayonnaise and it seemed as though it was a little too much mayo. I ended up eating the spicy tuna off the top of the rolls. Hubby, who likes mayo, said that it wasn't too much mayo for him and probably was his favorite roll.
Also ordered the Screaming Roll which was spicy hamachi, white tuna, avocado, lettuce, and cucumber on the inside. This plate came with generous portions of white tuna used a decoration, yum! This plating was $9.50 for eight pieces. I liked this roll a lot, I found the texture pleasing and the little bit of spiciness very nice.
With tax and tip our lunch came to about $50. This is not bad for all the sushi we ordered. We were very impressed with the flavor and freshness of the fish and will be back to sample more. Their menu is quite extensive and offers plenty of things besides sushi including tempura, udon noodles, ramen, teriyaki, and donburi lunch specials. They also serve sushi nigiri, sashimi, and handroll style for all those purists :-). We look forward to returning!
7675 N. Blackstone Ste 114
Fresno, Ca 93720
P.S. Thanks to tequilasnotinfresno for recommending this place!
I haven't been back to Oyama's since it turned into Sushi 80s, so can't really speak to what it is like now. I would agree with Vamp that the person who choked on the snow peas was probably eating edamame and you aren't supposed to eat the pod. I agree that it really isn't a sushi sampler that was being offered, so maybe some false advertising there.
After reading this board I decided to try Oyama "Sushi 80's" and I too was not impressed. I was first prompted by an advertisement they run at Edwards theater to bring in your ticket stub and receive a free sushi sampler. The sampler consisted of 2 pot stickers, 2 cheesy oysters & seasoned/cooked snow peas. I choked on the snow peas, they were difficult to chew and harder to swallow - I wouldn't suggest children try them. So, this so called sushi sampler didn't consist of any sushi. Oh well, not a big deal, it was free. So we ordered a real sushi sampler - we waited 35 minutes to be served & there was only 3 other customers total. I admit everything was fresh and tasted pretty good except for the hot tea, which had no flavor & wasn't hot at all. Overall this place wasn't horrible but I will never go back and wouldn't recommend it. I had a much more pleasant experience at Yoshino's across the street.
Since becoming sushi 80's the resturant has become less traditional but a few good perks have arised... for one sake bomb thursdays starts today 3/20 with sake bombs consisting of your choice of beer for only 2$. Also I don't think the "snow peas" were in fact snow peas, they usually serve edamame which are soy beans as an appetizer... and u only eat the beans on the inside not the whole pod, could have been why u choked Mznoitall. Haven't really noticed a price flux and the service is short staffed right now... so a little slow, but the fish is still fresh imo and they've added some new rolls also for a good price.
Sadly, Oyamas is no longer. Well, technically it is but the personality and creativeness that has led to the great reviews is gone. Oyamas has been sold and Sonny is no longer there. Chefs Bo and Lou can be found at Bo's new Sushi restaurant on the Southwest side of town. I'll have to find out the name and update you all. I will also keep tabs on Sonny and see where he ends up. We have talked with him about opening a small American/French Fusion restaurant in the area. He just came back from CB in New York. I wouldn't be suprised if he ended up at Chef's Table or a similar high end place!
I believe that Oyama's is now Sushi 80's, they just haven't changed the name outside yet. I think that is a chain sushi restaurant that plays only 80's music and then features karaoke later on in the evenings. I haven't been back since the new ownership, so I can't comment on the quality of sushi or service.
Thanks Tequilas for the continuing update for where everyone ends up. Best of luck to all of them. I would love to try out Bo's new place, do you know exactly where it is located at?
I went to Oyama for lunch with some friends. I expected great things from the rave reviews on the Board and elsewhere, but we weren't impressed. I had a bento box lunch that was just ok. A friend had the Hot Mama roll which looked kind of sloppy. You're right. the miso soup was very good with lots of green onion. Even the iced tea wasn't all that great too strong and didn't taste fresh).
Bummer! I think I will stick with Wassabi and Sushi Day. I heard some buzz about a new Japanese place in the new OSH center at Champlain and Shepherd.
Hmmm...I am sorry you didn't have a good experience there. I wonder what went wrong? Not that it is any excuse, but maybe that was a bad night or something. Although the Hot Mama roll was probably my least favorite (because of all the mayo).
Your post makes me think I should try Wassabi. I had heard rumors that it wasn't that great, but you can't really trust rumors. I usually like the "L.A. style" sushi places because they have unusual rolls and I like that.
Sushi Day I have found to be okay, but not fantastic. Their tempura is actually pretty good, but the sushi rice I find to be overly sticky and kinda sweet. This really detracts from the flavors of the fish for me.
You might want to try Sakanaya in the Ft. Washington shopping center. Apparently they have excellent sushi, but you will pay for it.
Sakanaya sushi is very good...probably the freshest in Fresno. The price is also among the highest, however, not more than Edoya or Koi (both of which have just OK sushi...and I don't like paying LA prices for mediocre fish). Sakanaya's sashimi can compete w/ the mid-range sushi places in LA and SF.
Best sushi for the price is Japanese Kitchen. Their special rolls are giantic and their sashimi combination plate has a great variety of tasty fish. Two people can dine well for under $40...BF and I usually share an order of seaweed salad (good portion w/ chunks of tuna and shrimp) $5.45, a special roll (we like the 50/50 and the super catepillar) $9-$12, and the sashimi combo $18----plenty of food for two!
I like Sushi N Pop for lunch. The fish is nothing to write home about, but getting a tuna roll and a few slices of sashimi in a bento box for <$8 is great for a quick lunch...much healthier than burger and fries for about the same price!
Has anyone tried Tomodachi in Fig Garden Village? Thinking about going there one of these nights.
You should try it at night ....but leave the kiddos at home :)
See the picture of above the sushi bar ... that's our volleyball team. See the bottom row of boxes on the right hand side (shared with Quiznos) wall? Those are our empties. Tell any of the Sushi chefs or the manager (Jesse, older asian woman) that I sent you (you can figure out my name by looking at the bottom row of boxes:) Drop me a message through here and maybe we can meet there one night.
As good as the sushi is ... Sonny, the head sushi chef and part owner is an incredible chef ... in fact, our last two visits have included very little sushi. We've had a beautiful Red Snapper Filet, Pork Chops, Tenderloin, etc, etc, etc, etc
If you like food ... this guy can do it.