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Yuzando (Sawtelle) Sushi Lunch

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ming Jun 28, 2007 01:35 PM

Just got back from a great lunch at Yuzando - the new place on Sawtelle where Sushi Tenn used to be. The new lunch menu is a definite improvement on Tenn. This may just become our favorite west side sushi lunch spot over Mori, Kiriko, and Echigo (It is, of course, no match for Sushi Gen's lunch special...but what is?)

I got the sushi/sashimi combo for 18.50. It came with 1 each of ebi, salmon, tuna, and yellowtail sushi. For sashimi, it included 3 pieces each of albacore and salmon; 2 pieces each of tuna, yellowtail, and snapper. It also included a eel and avacado cut roll. The cuts of fish were good size and it came with miso soup and salad.

My wife got the chirashi - also 18.50 which I think is a little pricey for chirashi. Hers came with chirashi rice, flying fish roe and a similar assortment of sashimi, but it included kanpachi (not listed on the menu listing, but we weren't complaining.) She was really happy with the chirashi.

Overall, the fish was fresh and cuts were generous. Although not cheap, it was a good value for what we got. Hopefully their quality can keep up since we were the only 2 people dining their from 12-1.

Ming

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    bubbster Jun 29, 2007 05:21 PM

    Thanks for the review. I've been thinking of trying this place. Do they serve cooked food?

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      miffy Jun 29, 2007 08:41 PM

      I wonder how it is for dinner- price wise...

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        MeowMixx Jul 2, 2007 10:09 AM

        Had dinner here last week.

        Had the kobe beef tataki, served with chili ponzu sauce. Realllly good.

        The waiter came out with four little dishes, filled with sauces to dip our sushi in. Spicy tomato, spicy mayo, chili yuzu, and i think sweet/sour/teriyaki something. wth? That's just wrong.

        Kanpachi and aji were great. We had a toro sampling: o-toro, chu-toro, and bluefin toro. The o-toro wasn't the freshest I've had. Chu-toro was excellent. Toro was a bit chewy and stringy. I've had much better uni elsewhere. Kohada was a bit too heavy for me. The golden eye red snapper (kinme dai?) was very good and there was one other thing (sorry, can't remember what it was) that was pretty eh.

        All that plus an otokayama and a hot sake for two people, $100 before tip.

      2. ladius Jun 29, 2007 11:07 PM

        I don't know man, I was there the other day and ordered an order of hamachi to go with my special lunch (shrimp tempura, egg roll, grilled chicken, rice, soup, salad) and while the lunch set was good, the hamachi was a bit firm and had a not-so-fresh taste to it. maybe the sushi chef gave me the worst piece because I sat at the bar and ordered a non-sushi lunch set.

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          westsidegal Jun 30, 2007 09:19 AM

          it may have been good hamachi when you walked out of the restaurant, but the quality declined by the time you ate it.
          also, ordering sushi 'to-go' could well imply to a sushi chef that you didn't care about having the best.
          some of the really good sushi bars wouldn't even let their name be associated with such a thing (i.e. sushi zo).
          it would make sense to me if a sushi chef were to choose not to waste the best sushi on a 'to-go' order where the quality would be compromised before it was consumed.

          1. re: westsidegal
            ladius Jun 30, 2007 04:18 PM

            By "to go" I meant to accompany my lunch special. I sat at the counter and ate in. Regardless, for whatever reason, the chef may have not given me the best cut and that's lame.

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              westsidegal Jun 30, 2007 07:11 PM

              oh gee.
              my error in interpretation.
              in that case, in the words of gilda radner's famous comic character, emily litella,
              NEVER MIND.

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                ming Jun 30, 2007 09:06 PM

                About the yellowtail, that was also the lowest quality of the fish that I got for lunch that day. There are only a few places that serve consistently good yellowtail. From my experience, most places will have on and off days on the hamachi. The consistently poor hamachi is the reason that I no longer eat at Hide.

                1. re: ming
                  westsidegal Jul 1, 2007 01:03 AM

                  today, at lunchtime, the hamachi at hide was very good.

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