Yume, in the Triangle
Just opened this weekend.
Did anyone eat there? I went and the space looked nice... I tried to order take-out though, and they said "we don't do that... yet."
Apparently, they just hadn't gotten the boxes and stuff in yet!!! Funny opening weekend gaff.
Like I said thought, I didn't have a chance to taste the food. Did anyone?
Yume. I went with a friend for lunch yesterday. Over all, it left me puzzled. The décor, the obvious attention to interesting or novel serving pieces, and the prices all suggest a self-conscious effort to take the place up a level beyond the run-of-the-mill. Unfortunately, at least to us, there was no clear indication of where they were trying to go. As with other examples, it was difficult to figure out when they were trying to mix Japanese and something else and when they simply did not choose to take the time to do it in a Japanese fashion. This can come across as exciting fusion, (think Uchi) or just lazy and unfocused.
We had edamame, the shrimp tempura/seaweed salad (shared), and a number two and a number three sushi platter. With two teas and tip, it was about $47.
At 1215, the place was nearly empty. There were never more than three tables in use during our leisurely lunch.
The tempura was OK. The shrimp heads were not quite fried enough to get them completely crisp. So when you ate them, there were still some leathery places. The seaweed salad was good. I could have done without the mandarin orange, as I do not care for sweet things with seaweed. Unlike most Japanese places they seem to have a single, universal condiment that is neither shoyu nor a tempura dipping sauce, though closer to the latter. This is apparently expected to cover both tempura and sushi. It tasted like shoyu heavily diluted with dashi.
They serve a bowl of miso soup and a small mixed green salad with the sushi orders. The salad was excellent, if hardly Japanese. Nice vinaigrette dressing and blue cheese on a mixture of baby greens. The miso soup was served in one of those odd bowls that some places use for pasta; the ones that appear to be setting at about a 30-degree angle to the table. The Yume version was not the large bowls, but rather a medium size, say 8inches across and 3+ deep. Clearly one was not supposed to consume the soup in a Japanese fashion. They provided a (western) soupspoon. The spoon was, unfortunately, too short to reach into the confines of the deep bowl. The bowls are not designed to be picked up. I ended up trying to use thumb and forefinger to grasp the very end of the spoon. Awkward and messy. I probably left a third of the soup.
Also served was a bowl of rice. The rice was pretty much the antithesis of the Japanese ideal; vaguely tan instead of bright white, sticky, broken and clumped instead of clear individual grains, and, to my eye, probably some medium grain (jasmine rice like) in size rather than short grained (ex: kokuko ) in the Japanese style.
The sushi orders were good but not outstanding. They serve no extra wasabi and use little on the nigiri sushi. My number three was a tekka-maki roll and 5 pieces of nigiri sushi. The number three had three pieces of nigiri and a Krab/cucumber roll with avocado.
My impression was that at least some of the sushi was pre-made, as it was drier than expected.
We did not see the dinner menu. Hard to say what the concept was as the waiter was about to attempt to explain it to us before discovering that the lunch menu was (I guess) simpler. I would like to see the dinner menu and would consider going back after they have a couple of months to decide what they want to be and how to do it.
Help! I woke up this morning with a hankering for sushi. Problem is, when I want sushi, I always go to Uchi (fancy!) or occasionally Musashino (less so, but still comparatively high end-- though quality seemed to be slipping last time I was there). Problem is, after shelling out a bunch of cheddar for my very first traffic ticket yesterday (bah), I should probably stick to something more mid-range. I'd love to try Yume because it's centrally located, and yet I'd still be able to avoid downtown (and the accompanying Texas Relay weekend madness). The one review here of Yume doesn't sound too promising, though. Then again, it was posted 8 months ago. Have any of you hounds been to Yume more recently? Any of y'all wanna help me decide where to eat sushi at circa $25 a person? (And preferably somewhere centralish, or at least not in the boonies?) If not, I'm sure I'll wind up at one of my old standbys, but it'd be great to try something new...
Yume has closed. There's a banner outside indicating another sushi place will replace it (I forget the name).
KG Sushi Train is right up N. Lamar. Not close to Uchi or even Musashino, but it's a fun concept. I really like Mikado Ryotei, but that might be pricier than you want. Maru on Burnet has gotten mixed reviews - I've only been once and found it passable.