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Sushi Yasu in Forest Hills


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Sushi Yasu in Forest Hills

Dave_G | Jan 20, 2007 09:10 PM

I've been to number of sushi places in Queens and this is by far my favorite. It's a little known sushi bar that's been open just over 2 years according to owner and sushi chef Yasuji Hirashiki. The neighbood folks that come in here must think it's their little secret, but it's not my neighborhood and I have no guilt revealing it.

Yasu has a lot of pride in what he does and it shows. He travels to Hunt's Point every day to select his seafood. On our visits so far we've had the Toro which is perfect. His scallops are of the "day boat" variety meaning they've never been frozen and they have a fresh texture and taste that you won't find in many other places. Yasu claims the scallops are so fresh you can see them moving. I didn't see it, but they were very good.

I admit to being a sucker for spicy tuna rolls and his are my favorite. He makes his own mayo-based spicy sauce in them--delicious. His Marilyn Monroe Roll is fantastic (despite it's name). It includes the aforementioned scallops, a number of other ingredients topped with a sauce that was a toasted mixture of uni and mayo--trust me it's really good.

The place operates as a small fish market with choice sushi cuts. If you're ordering a tuna steak be warned, they may give you a test and not give it to you if you fail. The correct anwser to this test is that the correct way to cook a tuna steak is to sear for one minute on each side.

Just a couple other warnings. Opening times vary and he usually opens late on Sunday. It's best to call ahead to make sure he's there. Also if there is traffic it will be a bit slow, because Yasu takes his time making sure everything is perfect. Also, please don't ask why the scallops are off-white and the fish shows a little blood (awnser: He doesn't use bleached seafood). And please, don't order the California Roll. I'm sure it's fine for what it is, but show a little respect for the chef.

On price/value - on our last visit our bill for the 2 of us was $44, about half or less what you'd pay for the same quality in Manhattan.

Sushi Yasu is a few blocks south of Queens Blvd at 71-45 Yellowstone Blvd in Forest Hills. Phone: 718-544-0942

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