Sushi Yanagi at Drum Hill
This place was discussed briefly on a Lowell thread, and I know it's out of the way for most of you, but a few make it to this area. I stopped in today and saw they had fresh oyster and Santa Barbara uni special today, and I think some unagi as well, though I could be wrong on that last. Really well done sushi, and the itamae (if that's the correct term) Peter, is always so friendly and really cares about his presentation. I don't know if they have scallops, but when they do, he does a great job with them.
I'd hate to see this place fail because of its hidden location (in the back strip with Drum Hill Liquors) and because words not getting out.
Been there once a month or so ago. It was decent and I will go back. Loaded myself up with some fresh toro and Salmon (belly cut). I was treated like royalty, but I was also the only one in there around 1pm on a weekday. Not sure of the sushi chef's name, but he was very nice and caring too. Brought me a delicious sushi amuse-bouche right after I ordered.
I went to Sushi Yanagi for the first time back in February. I had been to the location once before when it was a Greek restaurant named Evzon.
The interior has been completely redone and is now dark and sleek. Booths line the exterior walls and the bar and sushi bar are raised up.
We had made a 6:30 reservation and were seated immediately.
The menu is extensive, with a wide variety of sushi, sashimi and cooked items.
The wait staff was very attentive and took drink orders immediately.
We started with the steamed shrimp shumai and the pan fried pork gyoza. Both were delicious.
We ordered the spicy tuna sushi and the salmon sushi, the salmon sashimi and the tuna sashimi. The presentation was gorgeous and the fish was very fresh.
We also ordered two shrimp tempura rolls (with spicy mayo on the side). The spicy mayo had a real kick and the extra flavor of sesame oil, which I have not tasted at other restaurants. The shrimp tempura rolls were amazing. I think the best I have ever had.
One member of our groups is a former chef so he has very high standards for restaurants. He said this was his new favorite sushi place.
Since that first visit we have been back several times. Each time the quality of the food and service has been wonderful.