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can Place Yuu get a little love? (or, can we start explaining "pacing" at the door?)


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can Place Yuu get a little love? (or, can we start explaining "pacing" at the door?)

jdwdeville | Dec 21, 2010 08:27 AM

After a rain soaked afternoon, decided to skip cooking at home and treat ourselves to one of our "no fuss" favorites- Place Yuu on Sawtelle.
I say no fuss in that it's not the fanciest restaurant in the world (they have a big screen tv playing football games built into the wall), it's not the most expensive (handrolls and small izakaya-style apps are $3.99), we can always get a seat, and the food is rock-solid japanese.
Anyway, the reason I'm writing this is that I feel bad for them- we watched three (seriously, 3!) walk-outs at Place Yuu last night in the course of our dinner. All were American (or, at least non-Japanese) parties, as we are also.
All were furious over the pacing of the meal.
Now, the restaurant was fuller than usual, but not full. The dishes (at least as we could tell) were coming out pretty normally- one at a time, or in groups defined by cooking style (fresh veggies, cooked veggies, fried dishes, then sashimi and finally sushi, etc).
One party stormed out after loudly complaining "I can't believe you'd send us the food this way- we have to get to the airport!" (no mention of that that I could hear up until then)
Another group was upset that their tempura roll came out after our nigiri, "even though we ordered the roll before them."
Seriously? I can't tell you how bad I felt for the staff! I might be wrong, but I feel that, in places that are Izakayas, or psuedo-Izakayas, the whole point is to take your time, have a few rounds of drinks, and slowly eat as you relax...
The whole point of this is that you'd never see this happen if the place was full of CH'ers, so I felt I had to throw something up here about it. The damn shame of the whole thing is that the food is pretty good to very good, and the whole restaurant was forced to watch these temper tantrums all night.
Our meal:
shishito peppers (quick sauteed, w/ sesame seed)
homemade fish cake, wrapped around gobo then fried (served w/ ginger & soy- delicious)
veggies tempura (kabocha, potato, sweet potato, onion)
seared ono sashimi (w/ negi and dipping sauce)
nigiri (octopus, saba, uni, hamachi, seared albacore)
handrolls (salmon skin and spicy scallop/smelt egg)
cut roll of blue crab
The only stumble was the salmon skin hand roll, honestly, it just lacked the satisfying crunch of the skin having just been plucked from the oven, and the nori was getting a bit soft at that point (might entirely be my fault but I tries to eat it right away).
Anyway, 'hounds, can we give Yuu a lil love? I think they deserve it and I'd hate to see another night like last night!

Place Yuu
2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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