Had breathtaking sushi at yasuda last night (43rd bet. second and third). We've eaten there about half a dozen times before but last night was the first time we ate at the sushi bar and put ourselves in the sushi chef's loving hands. And, wow!, what a difference.
Everyone else at our end of the bar was clearly a regular, this is the place to be at yasuda. Had three kinds of salmon, three kinds of toro, urchin (my first time - it was to die for). And shrimp with a big story behind it, something along the lines of how no one really knows what shrimp taste like anymore, flash boiled them for about five seconds, pulled the heads and tails off and prepared the rice all in front of us, I've never had shrimp like that. Every piece was placed lovingly on the big green leaf in front of us with wise suggestions about what was OK to dip in soy and what should be left alone. He dressed some pieces with lemon and sea salt, some with scallion, one with a kind of glaze, and some with just the right/amt. of soy. We were told to dip our toro rolls. I overheard the friendly man next to us discussing with the chef that nobu had been back there for suhi recently.
As we were leaving I asked the man who had just served me one of the best meals of my life what his name was so we could make sure to sit near him when we returned, he just smiled and replied "yasuda ... I am here every monday to saturday night, to be continued" Absolutely.
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