Yu Me Ya
1246 N Coast Highway 101
Closed Mondays, forgot to ask if they are open for lunch.
What a great change of pace from the regular "sushi" and standard
Japanese faire found at most local places. This place definitely fills a huge void in the area for traditional and delicious Japanese Izakaya food, sushi is not their main focus, in fact maybe only five standard rolls are offered. Used to be Wakei Café, nice small cozy space, maybe ten bar seats and eight tables. Totally family run operation, Mom and Dad in the kitchen and the rest of the family running the front of the house. Our server - Yuka, was great, she kept pouring us free samples of various sakes, we had a Shochikubai Kinpaku Gold Flakes and Drunken Whale. They have a great selection of sakes/sochu, proabably 30 or more, most can be ordered by the glass. Bottle of Kubota was only $90, (it's usually quite a bit more than that). A nice beer selection as well, one beer from Osaka I have not tried yet. Echigo was also offered. Menu was extensive, we didn't even get to the third page of offerings or
even the noodle page. I will report back on those next time with pics. We ordered a bottle of one of the premium sakes, $50, don't recall the name, served in cobalt blue Kiriko glasses.
Best part , most prices are $2.95 and $6.95, nothing we had was over $6.95 except the bottle of sake!
House starter of takuan - pickled daikon
String beans with sesame paste – love these things.
Kimpira gobo – this was a house special from Mama-san, not on the menu.
Sunomono salad - cucumber with seaweed.
Avocado and tuna salad - plain with simple greens, nothing special.
Croquettes with curried Japanese vegetables – perfectly fried spheres of potato encasing the veges, star of the evening IMO, they had three other kinds too, can’t wait to try them all!
Nasu with smoked bonito broth - we love eggplant, this was perfect.
Fried Yams with Ume mayonnaise – excellent! They know how to fry here!
Albacore carpaccio – nothing special, simple albacore sashimi with aioli and spicy sauce.
Baked bay scallops - had some great wild mushrooms, very tasty!
Shishitou peppers – these were excellent, I can order plates of these.
Spicy tuna roll – standard spicy tuna, we had to check it out. Sushi rice had good flavor and texture.
Crunchy shrimp roll – had to check this one out as well.
Green tea ice-cream with house made green tea syrup - delicious!
There were so many other things but we were beyond capacity!
Pics next week.