I love it when you go to restaurant that you like, but haven't been to in a while and remember exactly why you thought it was so good in the first place. That recently happened at Yasuda where I decided to take my gf to show her why i like good sushi so much. She sorta liked sushi, but never was a big fan and never understood why i liked it so much, so i told her let me take you to a real sushi place and if you still aren't that big a fan i'll stop pestering you to come with me. Yasuda has always been so consistent that i decided that i couldn't go wrong taking her there, but i hadn't been to Yasuda in at least a year b/c ive been going to every other sushi joint in the city.
We got the omakase, sat at the sushi bar and had a really nice sushi chef (Yasuda was gone that day). I won't bore you with every single piece of sushi we had, but i'd say here were some of the highlights:
- uni - really great uni from santa barbara, served with just rice (i think its better with no nori which dilutes the flavor the uni); nice texture, creamy almost sweet flavor, really outstanding. gf still doesn't like uni, but said this was the best one she'd ever tried (sushi chef gave me a free piece b/c he guaranteed she'd love uni after this haha)
- unagi (fresh water eel) - served with just a bit of sea salt on it, really great rich eel flavor, tender...i almost forgot what it should taste like (i got two orders of this b/c it was so good)
- medium fatty toro - they gave us both super fatty and medium fatty...both were great, but i really liked the medium fatty toro which had that buttery quality along with a nice texture, the super fatty tuna was almost too fatty (but still delicious)
- saba (spanish mackerel) - they did an awesome job on this, not fishy at all and just a really great flavor that im having a hard time thinking of how to describe. My gf just said "wow this is mackerel? ive never had it where it wasn't really fishy"
We had a variety of other sushi (mostly fish) and they were all really excellent as well, but those were the really outstanding pieces. I also forgot how good the sushi rice is at Yasuda, i was talking to the sushi chef and he was saying how yasuda actually makes the rice and its actually two different types of rice which he blends.
Anyhow, I now remember why i thought this place was the best and im putting it back on top (kuruma is a very close 2nd and 15 east is 3rd)...go again if you haven't been in a while, its such an outstanding restaurant