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The new Yokohama in Brookline village

ju | Oct 11, 2002 08:00 PM

After reading Galleygirl's exciting post alerting us to Yokohama's reincarnation (phoenix rising from the ashes and so on), I had dinner there last night. GG, I'm sad to report that it was a disappointment. Maybe it's teething problems, opening blues, they need time to get it right - I hope so, 'cos I was really, really trying to like them.
We were the only customers there at 7pm on a Thursday night. We were shown to a table, given water and menus pretty promptly by the lone waitress (?related to Yama the chef?). We gave our orders and then waited... and was 30mins before our appetizers arrived,during which time only one other party came in. OK, I think they were trying to fill a take-out order and there's only one waitron and they're new, but it was an awfully long wait....for food that was just OK.
So on to the food : Agedashi tofu was two large chunks in broth with grated ginger and scallion garnish - not bad, but it didn't have that crispy shell and creamy interior I've had at other places like Fugakyu and Mr Sushi; that effect might have been achieved if the tofu pieces were smaller and the oil hotter. Same problem with the Tempura (appetizer portion) - thick heavy batter fried in oil that hadn't reached the right temperature, resulting in greasy, limp tempura. Way bad compared to Takeshima's version (one of the lightest tempuras I've sampled). So, I"m thinking, maybe cooked dishes aren't their forte; after all, Yama is a sushi chef. So when our sushi arrived (after another long wait), I dug in eagerly. My hamachi and saba were fine - the yellowtail had the expected richness and the mackerel was nicely vinegared and fishy (a good fishiness). My friend had the chirashi sushi, a generous portion for just $15, and she said it was good, but no better than Ginza's or Fugakyu's. Then my rainbow roll came - an inside-out maki with maguro and sake(salmon) wrapped around avocado and rice. The maguro was a very dark red, almost brown - I've never had it that shade before. The first piece tasted ok, but then I sniffed the 2nd and there was just the faintest whiff of... not fishiness but just something that suggested that fine line between fresh and not so fresh was perhaps about to be crossed. It did not make the journey down my alimentary tract. To be fair, neither my friend nor I had the runs today so perhaps I was just being paranoid in thinking that if business (and therefore turnover) is slow in a sushi place, then the freshness of the fish cannot be guaranteed.
As I said before, I do hope this is just teething troubles and service/food quality will improve with time. The service, though slow, was friendly and warm. I will give them another try in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, if other Chowhounds have been there, please post your experiences.
PS: they only take cash (no credit cards) right now.

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