Monday, March 29, 2010

Yama Sushi in Dorsey Search

This is not a food blog, but I just had some great sushi about 3 minutes from my house and had to share.  Yama Sushi opened last week in the Dorsey Search shopping center and we decided to check it out.  I've had sushi at just about every HoCo location, and so far Sushi King has been my favorite.  Well there's a new King in town.  Yama had great service, a great menu selection, and great non-seafood fare for my scale avoiding bride.

The biggest pain for me at sushi places is getting enough so I'm full, but not breaking the budget with $7-8 rolls.  The menu offered combo platters at about $17 that will fill up the hungriest of sushi lovers.  I had the Crispy Spicy Platter, which had Yellowtail, Tuna, and Salmon (6 pieces each).  This normally doesn't matter to me, but even the plates were decorated with vegetables cut into fish and snails (Indiana Jane called this "wasteful," but I found it to be a nice touch).  Heck, even the salad dressing was great.

Yama Sushi is a franchise, but it appears to be locally owned.  I've commited myself to favor the locally owned places when deciding where I want to eat (come on locally owned Chipotle!!!).  I suggest you go out and enjoy some locally owned sashimi and rice.

9 comments:

  1. I (and a few of my co-workers later) have also visited Yama Sushi, but experience the exact opposite. We personally did not think the food was great, if any good (sorry to be harsh); the rice was too soft and the sushi just lacked flavor on the whole. I would personally rather pay slightly more (although I don't find Yama to be less pricy as mentioned) at Sushi King or Sushi Sono for the quality.

    On a different note, away from Hoco and speaking of sushi, a little place in College Park called Yami Yami has the creativity of both Sushi King and Sushi Sono and offers very inexpensive selections for the quality provided.

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  2. Emily,
    I treated my father-in-law to sushi last night and I agree with your criticisms completely. My first run must have been their best dish! I was very disappointed, and a little embarrassed after how much I had talked up Yama to both him and my readers!

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  3. Yamahana in Waverly Woods shopping center is the best!

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  4. I'm actually a student at College Park and haven't tried Yama Sushi but I do know that place called Yami Yami. I didnt think Yami Yami was all that good, especially their unbelievably long wait-time. I wait, what? about 20 minutes for an order of rolls. Their relatively cheap but the sushi isn't all that.

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  5. I recently had a very pleasant experience at Yama Sushi. When the owner found out the group of people that arrived with me tries different sushi places in Baltimore and Howard County, they pulled out all the stops! We were even the first to sample a new dessert that had not been placed on the menu. Cheesecake Tempura...so delicious! The presentation of our rolls was beautiful, with cute sailboats and items cut out of veggies to garnish. A few plates even had blinking lights under a bed of noodles! We will be heading back to Yama very soon.

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  6. I travel to Japan regularly and have been to all the places mentioned above plus a few in DC. I found Yama Sushi to be great. If you know what you like, and order it, I think you won't be disappointed. (as I have been from time to time with takeout from some of the others mentioned above). I also totally agree that you don't leave hungry and you don't find unique deserts like those at Yama at any of the dozens of HoCo other style restaurants. Overall, it is great to have a location in Dorsey's Search and I highly recommend it.

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  7. I would agree with Toyko Traveler. I travel over 50% of my time mostly in the US but occasinally overseas into Asia and Europe. I eat Sushi whenever I can. I live close to Yama Sushi and try to eat their weekly. I am never disappointed with the food and the staff go out of their way to make sure you are satisfied.
    Doug

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