I don't post very often on this board, but I wanted to share with you the best kept secret in East Bay. Yume Sushi opened in Alameda almost a month ago. It's a tiny hole in the wall place on Park Street. For those of you who know Alameda's sushi scene, it used to be Sushi Sue under the old owner. Yume Sushi is owned and operated by Hideki (Hide-san) Aomizu and his wife Yoriko-san.
Hide-san is the sushi chef. Yoriko-san does the grill and deep frying in the kitchin in the back. The main food is sushi with some daily special written on the board. What makes this restaurant special? I think it's the ingreedients and preperation. The fish is very fresh. He cures his own salmon, saba (mackerel) and ikura (salmon roe). Also, he uses excellent quality nori (seaweed). You can tell the quality of nori by the color, smell and the texture. The rice is good quality and has good shine and texture. Also, nigiri rice is made into the ball perfectly (so many restaurants have rice ball too tight and large). His stock for miso soup is made from konbu (kelp) and is excellent. (So many Japanese restaurants these days uses pre-made powder these days).
The restaurant is tiny and only seats 16 (8 at counter and 8 at 2 tables of 4). I will have to warn you, there are only 2 people generally working, so service can be very slow. If you are looking for a quick meal, this isn't the place. However, if you don't mind waiting for excellent sushi, this is the place to go.
So that everyone is aware, I've known Hide-san since I worked at his old restaurant for a short time 15 years ago. He closed his old restaurant over 10 years ago, and have been working at various restaurants in East Bay (and those restaurants were nothing to write about) until now. I'm very selective about sushi, being born and raised in Japan. I really don't think I'm biased in reviewing this restaurant. There are other good restaurants in East Bay, Angel Fish and Kirala to name a few. I think that the quality of food at Yume-sushi Chowhound worthy. I hope you'lll decide to try their food next time you're in East Bay. I'd love to hear what you think. Yoshika firstname.lastname@example.org
1428 Park Ave. Alameda, CA 94501
Hours Tue - Sat 11:30AM - 2PM, 5PM - 9:30PM
Closed Sun & Mon