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Yasu in Japantown- San Jose

Erin | Aug 21, 200409:34 PM

Yasu is a new resturant in San Jose's's certainly not trying to compete with Gombei (my heart belongs to thee) or other sushi resturants.
Had dinner with S last night....was looking for something light, fresh, flavorful and Japanese. It's not fusion but some very good contemparary food with a strong visual presentation.
Started with the wedge of iceberg, topped with shaved daikon and (I think) seaweed, in a pool of ponzu suace...Was a little sceptical but it worked! Crisp iceberb with the spicy(ish) daikon and the tang of ponzu.
We then split the fish special- Albacore Poki on sushi rice....FANTASTIC! No really, FANTASTIC. Was topped something like a creme fraich (sp?) with a drizzle of soy sauce and what looked liked olive oil around the plate. I really wish we had ordered two. The Poki had great fresh flavor, soft mouth feel...yummy.
This was followed by their tofu dish with spinach and sesame paste (white and black). I had forgotten how much I loved sesame was a great balance for the mellow flavor of the tofu (San Jose Tofu Company, they point out- not's some of the best) and was beautiful with two brillant emerald disks of spinach on top.
Other dishes sounded great: duck, tri-tip, sea bass with miso...
They have several sakes to choose from...but not being sake fans, we skipped. Although I am tempted by the menu to give them a try.
They feature one dessert- last night it was small chocolate cups filled with hazelnut custard...also didn't try as I seem to be the one woman who doesn't like chocolate. It did sound good and S perked up when he heard the description.
Would love to see other people try Yasu's and report back. Very very happy to have a chowhoundish place in the South Bay and, for me, close enough to walk to!
Dishes run from $6 (tofu) to $16 (duck). Link below.



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