Decided to try Sushi-Ya last night...
Good thing I made reservations...
Got to the restaurant for our 7:30 res, valet asked if we had reservations.
About 10 people milling around outside in the rain, walk in front door and can barely make it to hostess stand - at least 30 people waiting.
It took them about 15 minutes to seat us, but in fairness they served us beer/tea while we waited and didn't seat any of the standbys before us.
The service is friendly and very brisk - we got our food within 5 minutes of ordering. Also, they had a few female sushi chefs. I don't think I've ever seen that before.
Ordered the crispy rice w/spicy tuna - basically a warm rice cake sliced into sushi sized pieces topped with spicy tuna (chopped) and a jalapeno. OK. Also, Jalapeno seemed bottled, not fresh.
Tuna with jalapeno and spinach - this was drowned in ponzu sauce. Tasty enough.
California and Eel roll - average, sorta sloppily made.
Blue crab roll - taste was OK, but seaweed wasn't crispy. Nozawa, Echigo etc...superior.
Tempura - way too much batter. Almost 1:1 ratio. At least it was crispy.
Tab w/beer and green tea: $58 + tip.
Overall: The food was standard "california" japanese style, but done without much flair and style. The food was neither poor nor memorable. The ambiance feels hectic, and I certainly felt rushed to leave. Why people wait an hour to eat here, when Tama is down the street, is a mystery. (Perhaps they are the same people waiting at Cheesecake or who don't know about FastPass at WDW). As is the Zagat rating.
Still searching for a restaurant in the Valley worth driving over the hill for (flame away, valleyites!)