Great meal. Seriously.
First had a nice glass of the Kikusui cold sake - ($9). Came in a fun pitcher that had a separate compartment for the ice.
First, ankimo. Three great slices (two of us eating). Then something new for me, shima-aji. (google says - yellowjack, means about the same to me). Way yummy.
Tai-red snapper with little mounds of yuzu peel (sashimi). A spicy lobster roll - usually not for me but this was fantabulous.
Then small grilled whole fish (w head) called i-ka-no-go. They were very thin - and really tasty. Ate the whole thing, like capelin but longer and tastier.
Live scallop, cut into four sushi pieces, three meat and one tentacular. No coral on this particular one.
Toro sushi was like butter, nay like Poitou-Charentes fresh unsalted butter.
We had a really good bluefin tuna. Imported from spain and marinated for twenty minutes in yamasa brand shoyu and ozeki sake. Brilliant how the maguro sopped of the flavor of the sake without being overwhelmed. we were so crazy about this, he gave us a second helping.
Negi-hama cut rolls. I had a delcious uni temaki (hand roll).
Interesing seared with blowtorch "white tuna" umi something in japanese. Will paper thin slices of soy-marinated garlic. Also a nice hamachi sashimi plate.
A few more fish things. Then a green tea mochi ice cream.
Two misos, the kikusui, tax before tip, $82. And great. Only caveat, make sure to ask for Kawasaki-san.
YAMAKASA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
1900 N HIGHLAND AVE