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Feb 24, 2011 02:15 PM

Yu Me Ya Sake House (Hillcrest)

There's a sign up for Yu Me Ya Sake House in the strip mall at the corner of University and 4th, across the street from Bread & Cie. Looks like it's going in the space where Ramesses was. Can anyone confirm if this is from the same owners of the Yu Me Ya Sake House in Encinitas and has anyone been to the Encinitas location recently and care to comment on the food and sake selection (there was a nice report/thread from several years ago)? Thanks.

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  1. If it is the same people and the do the same job as the Encinitas location, man are the people who live in the area in for a treat.

    1. I really hope it's the same people!

      1. It's the full name of Yumeya so quite possible. Especially seeing as how they can definitely fill a much bigger place.

        1246 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

        1. Woohoo! Encinitas is a haul for me (shedding a tear for my beloved Elizabethan Desserts) and I've wanted to go to Yu Me Ya for a while. Hope it's the same people!

          1. I was at Yumeya this past weekend and Yuka said that yes, they are opening up a second location but their menu will have a narrower focus. The focus will be more on appetizers and drink selection. She said that they've found someone to operate it so the Leucadia crew will stay in place, at least as far as I was told.

            1246 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

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            1. re: cgfan

              The Hillcrest Yu Me Ya Sake House is on my running route. It is now open for business.

              1. re: cgfan

                Ate here last week, and indeed, the focus was on drink selection and appetizers, in that order! Craft sake and beer (including my favorite Yebisu Red) have a menu of their own and are served to overflowing (in a glass within the masu). The service was a bit green, but has knowledgeable guidance from one of the front-of-house waitstaffers (didn't get her name).

                The food is good-to-better izakaya style with their tempura a real highlight- I recommend it, and since I'm not too keen on overthick slices of russett and white onion making up the bulk of my veggie order, I was pleased with their assortment. Various donabe udon (though not nabeyaki-style) including sansai, tanuki and two or three others. Chazuke as well, but didn't order any. Plenty of small bites (very small) in the 3-9 dollar range make for good drinking snacks.

                All in all a pretty cool place and a good addition to the neighborhood.