Sushi Bar Yasuda
Before going to Tokyo, I wanted to make sure that I had the best Sushi experience of my life, so I came to Sushi Bar Yasuda. I was told about Jiro Dreams of Sushi by several people and thought the price was outrageous. It is $300 for only a 30 minute experience from what I heard. I spoke to a bunch of friends in LA and they said there were better places to go. I did some research on Anthony Bourdain since he claims Tokyo is the greatest city in the world. He does recommend Jiro as well, but he also mentions Sushi Bar Yasuda as his other favorite. I went online and saw their prices and decided it was reasonable and this is where I wanted to go. I emailed a month before to make a reservation, and of course it was booked and I was put on a waiting list. A few weeks later I got an email that I was in, and like most restaurants in Japan, there is a cancellation fee for not showing. For this, I was definitely not canceling.
When I got to Sushi Bar Yasuda I had to wait outside until it was my reservation time. They are pretty strict on this. The place is very intimate, and has around 10 seats. The group I was seated with was small, and it was me and three others. Perfect. I was given a menu with two options:
- Omakase, where you tell Chef Yasuda your fish preferences and he basically feeds you rolls until you are full. (each piece is 500-1000 JPY)
- 14 Piece Sushi assortment for 7,800 JPY
I decided to go with the Omakase which I highly recommend. The fixed price option is made behind counter and served to you and there is less interaction. Omakase is more personal where you can watch Chef Yasuda craft each piece of sushi, and you get to hear about his background and how he got to where he is today. Below is some of the amazing sushi that I got to taste:
And besides the Sushi, the other best part is getting to take a photo with Chef Yasuda at the end: