YoMa: Never again
I had read that the service at YoMa is slow, but this was just a joke. Walked in at 7:30 and got a table right away, finally got to order around 7:55, food came to the table at 9:05. Never again. The food just doesn't come close to warranting this sort of treatment. I'm not sure why there were any other patrons in there... they must've been first-timers too.
I feel kind of bad, though... it's not as if one cook couldn't serve that small room, given that the entire menu is stuff that's almost entirely mise en place (soups, salads, stir-fries, fried appetizers). It's as if the cook has an obsessive-compulsive need to carefully slice each sliver of cabbage for the salad after it's been ordered, and very very carefully plate each dish in an immaculate pile. The food ranges from interesting but not very good (e.g. chickpea tempura, a plain cracker containing whole kabuli channa, with an excellent spicy dipping sauce) to awfully boring (a very carefully assembled scattering of lap chong, skin-on peanuts, sliced pork, and celery/carrots/onions, sitting on top of very good, slightly sticky white rice) to downright delicious (a sliced beef salad, with perfectly medium-cooked slices of beef, cucumber, hot pepper, cilantro, and roasted rice). None of it was worth the price for such small portions, especially given the hour wait for food. The salad was the high point... go to Floating Rock and get the tiger tears if you want that sort of dish.