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Yokoso Nippon - Review (Long)

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Yokoso Nippon - Review (Long)

KathrynSK | Oct 23, 2003 12:58 AM

I've never posted before, but I thought that since I found the recommendation for the restaurant we ate at tonight on these boards, I should post a review! Please be gentle :)

Tonight we visited a place that I'd seen mentioned previously – Yokoso Nippon Sushi in Pacifica.

It was utterly perfect for what we were looking for: a great, neighborhood sushi joint – thoroughly decent, though not outstanding sushi, at unbeatable prices. Two of us, both endowed with very hearty appetites, were completely satiated for just under $30, including tax and tip. I highly recommend this place for any of those in a similar situation to us – craving sushi on a limited budget!

When we entered the small dining room we were immediately greeted with the scent of tempura – a very happy start! The other patrons were several Asian families/couples and one group of businessmen. There's a tiny waiting area (3 chairs) and a fill in your own name waiting list for a table. There are only about 10 small tables in the whole place, and no sushi bar seating – it looks more like a short order style restaurant. As far as decor, it was a hoot :) I particularly enjoyed the giant, 4 foot tall, brilliant orange, paper lanterns that said "SUSHI" down the sides in black, block letters!

The first thing that we saw that puzzled us on the menu was that the small maki had a little marking saying 16 p.c. – we couldn't figure out if that was supposed to mean 1 roll/6 pieces or if it meant 16 pieces. We asked the waitress, and sure enough, it was 16 small pieces for each order!

When we sat down at our table, not long after arriving, we were given a bowl of 3 small wedges of what I believe was yam. It was quite a tasty little bonus to start us off. The tea served was not your typical green tea, it had some sort of small white flower blossoms in the steeping tray (sorry, not sure what that should properly be called!) that gave the tea a bit of a nutty taste. I liked it!

To start we ordered two small bowls of miso soup ($.50/bowl) and 3 types of rolls – spicy tuna, crab and avocado and an inside-out shrimp tempura roll. All of it came out at once with the miso soup piping hot, so we started on our rolls and let the soup cool.

The spicy tuna rolls, while alright, were my least favorite item of the evening. They didn't have a very distinctive taste and they weren't spicy! A step up from this was the California roll. It was filled with shredded crab (real crab, not krab!) Again, this item was alright, but not to die for – however for the price, certainly worthwhile!

The third roll was the inside-out tempura shrimp. I enjoyed this one, though I would have liked it if the crunchy texture from the tempura had come through more clearly. I did enjoy the toasted sesame seeds on the outside of the roll – one of my favorite flavors!

When I tried the now-cool-enough-to-sip miso soup I found it was a rich broth that I enjoyed immensely. It also had several pieces of zucchini and onion in it, which I had not expected. The vegetables themselves were not so tasty, but the flavoring they had lent to the broth was wonderful!

After finishing all that, we decided we had room for a few more items. I remembered seeing a suggestion for their tempura in the post that recommended the restaurant, so I ordered a side of shrimp tempura and my dining partner ordered crab and cucumber handrolls (2 come in an order). The handrolls came out first and were rather large. I had a sample bite of one, and while it was also acceptable, it wasn't anything spectacular.

The shrimp tempura took a bit longer, but when it arrived it was four smallish, but very good, pieces of shrimp on a bed of shredded carrot. The tempura was a light, crisp coating and was excellent with the steaming hot, sweet dipping sauce. The tempura was actually my favorite dish of the evening.

After finishing that, we decided we'd had more than enough and called it a night. Overall the sushi is nothing wonderful, the presentation and rolling could use a little work. They did have a very small, handwritten specials menu (all they were offering were fried oysters or fried crab – we didn't try these). I would have liked it if they offered some specialty rolls. Service-wise, our waitress was extremely friendly and attentive, but we would have liked it if the soup had been served first, rather than with the rolls. Although we have had much better quality sushi, I can't think of a time that we've had a better value for the money we spent.

On a limited budget, I know we'll be returning to satisfy those sushi cravings!

They do offer take-out service, I think they're only open for dinner and they have a strict cash only policy.

Yokoso Nippon
2470 Skyline Drive
Pacifica, CA 94044-2136
(650) 355-1218

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