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Dbird | Jun 20, 200302:42 AM

Just had a great first experience (thanks to all respondents to previous question who steered me in the right direction. Incidentally, I haven't been to Yabu in a couple years but never liked them that much, except for beef tataki. Back to Yuu though). He and I arrived separately and both made the initial mistake of presenting at the karaoke bar. Note to self and others: Yuu is in the same shopping center as Blue Marlin, not Fantasy Mousse! Half order each uni and albacore sashimi; nasu miso itame, agedashi tofu, veg. tempura (him), garlic chive and shrimp (way too salty), buta kakuni (?)-- all fat, yuk. Great sunamono, not too salty or vinegary at all. I asked for crab and avocado and they were out of crab so I said how about squid and avocado and the hostess? returned shortly to express her concern that this would not be a good idea. We settled on avocado only and I was impressed and appreciated her intervention.

Great sake list as prev. noted; I had a ten-- and then two half orders of onigaroshi, one more refined and one less well filtered and I much preferred the rougher one which was dryer. I know I have liked onigaroshi, harushika, kikusue, and occasionally otokoyama-- but I haven't a clue what any of this means. I have the books but am excited to find a sake bar where I think I may actually be able to develop my palate. Would be interested in hearing about other such places downtown.

Great atmosphere and people still waiting for a place at 11 when we checked out.

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