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Sep 28, 2006 05:41 PM

the 'new' Yoshi's - anyone?

Hi folks:

I'm going to a jazz show this weekend at Yoshi's, and I'm planning on eating there, - since I want to get there early and ghopefully get a good seat for the show!

I see the restaurant has a new chef, and a new menu online.. without prices listed (don't you just *hate* that?) Has anyone been to the 'new' restaurant yet, and can comment on the food and the prices?



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  1. Can't wait to hear reports -- since they are building a Yoshi's as part of the Fillmore Jazz District in the new building...

    1. Another Yoshi's in SF? I didn't know. 'Fillmore Jazz district'?
      Guess I haven't been downtown in a while.

      I will be sure and report on my experience at 'the new' Yoshi's in Oakland, after this weekend. Hopefully the food matches the quality of the music, which I already know is sure to be 'up my alley'.


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      1. re: cacao

        It is not in downtown, but is under construction at 1300 Fillmore, a block or so away from Geary, a neighborhood full of local jazz clubs like The Fillmore, The Boom-Boom Room, Sheba's, etc...

        Yoshi's is being touted as an integral part of the complex.

        1. re: Carrie 218

          Anyone been to Sheba's yet? I am very curious and would love to support the venture...

      2. yes!! i went last saturday and it was fantastic - sho kamio is a great chef. i recommend the jewelery box tartare, "caesar" salad, be bop roll and the miso cedar salmon...although so much looked good. the above was about enough for 2 people-i probably would throw in another roll or grill course, and then it would be about $30-$35 per person for food, before tax/tip.

        1. I've been to Sheba's but only for appetizers and cocktails - no dinner yet... We shared their meatballs and chicken wings. The chicken wings had a spicy pomegranate glaze. Both were quite decent for bar food.

          Also, I'd like to add that the ambience of the entire place is really nice. The walls are painted in rich, complementary colors and the lounge area has relaxing couches and chairs around a fireplace.

          1. Yoshi's mini review:

            Overview: very good food; a definite improvement over the old menu. But I did find the prices a bit high for what you got, and the service was 'trying a little too hard' (but this may have been our particuara server).

            We had the edamame dou (outstanding - I nhave never enjoyed soybeans so much!) with garlic and soy on one side, and chili lime on the other. The garlic soy pods were delectable; good for sucking on :) ) We moved on to the house seaweed salad (I forget the name on the menu) - a lovely presentation, and quite tasty mix of seaweeds and daikon shreds, surrounded by cucumber slices and marndarin orange bits. If you like seaweed (I do), you'll appreciate this. We then had the 'jewelry box' of sashimi bits in a sqaure molded form; pretty and fun, but pricey; and the rice chips served with the dish were far too greasy for my tastes. slightly wilted radicchio was also served, for scooping purposes. A somewhat comoon tasting spicy tuna roll followed, followed next by the wonderful, wonderful, miso glased cedar planked salmon (meal highlight, in my eyes). Simple but perfectly executed. Not much on the plate, however, for the price, I felt.

            Service was .. well, I got tired of hearing "awesome" "beautiful" and "excellent" - our server was not entirely professional, but he did seem to be trying. It was also fairly busy, so I give them a bit of benefit of a doubt in the service department.

            Tab was ~75 for two; with one beer and one sake (which was overpriced - the menu price and what I was charged were $3 off - but we didn't have time to make a fuss over it, due to it being showtime).

            Verdict? I'd return if I was in the mood to 'splurge', but the menu is too pricey for a casual bite before a show, methinks.