For a variety of reasons, I found myself dashing into Yama on Houston yesterday for supper.
I found the whole experience a disaster. The pieces are so huge - might as well get a raw side of beef. I asked the chef if this is the way he was trained - he laughed and said "of course not." "This is American style - big cars, big macs, big TVs, big sushi." All the chefs laughed. We talked some more - he said that their customers just don't know any better, and assume that bigger is better.
The piece of fatty tuna I got, for example, had all the sinew still running through it (of course it did, it was 6 inches long, how could it not?) - which meant that I couldn't even bite through the sinew. I couldn't pick up the pieces with chopsticks.
This is a disgusting way to eat. I just don't understand it at all. And it's not as if the fish was all that good either.
I think it took less than 3 minutes for the chef to prepare my plate of sashimi and sushi - ridiculous.