When Yuki Yama Sushi re-opened Friday after closing for six weeks during shoulder season, the restaurant revealed several new exciting changes — both in the decor and on the menu.
Downstairs, you’ll find brand-new, comfortable booths and all-new light fixtures as well. You also can’t miss the stunning new mural of a giant red octopus on the wall of the back dining area. The upstairs dining room also has new booth sets along the wall.
On the special maki menu, you’ll find a new roll called the “Oddjob,” featuring soft shell crab, cucumber, spicy sauce, topped with shiso, whitefish tartare and yuzu kosho nikiri. Yuki Yama has also brought back the “Conrollio” roll for summer, with tempura yam, carrot, greens, avocado, cilantro and grilled corn. (Already a little lost? Check out our must-read guide to decoding sushi menus!)
On a recent visit, we tried a selection of the new shareable cold plates. The kobujime hirame is a gorgeous, unique dish with konbu cured fluke, dashi compressed apples, cucumber ume sauce, purple shiso and shaved bonito. Made from the leftover cores of cucumbers used for sushi, the ume sauce helps reduce food waste.
Another new seasonal dish, the summer madai features Japanese red snapper, peas and ikura (roe) served in a savory nori dashi broth. Light and flavorful, it’s sort of like a seafood summer soup.
The kanpachi tiradito was a knockout, made with Hawaiian kanpachi, an incredibly tender and tasty fish. It was served on top of a creamy mango jalapeno sauce, and topped with pickled fresno chile and cilantro.
Finally, the shima aji (a.k.a. trevally jack) starter has been upgraded for the summer season. Instead of avocado, it’s served on top of a roasted red pepper miso, yuzu, nikiri and topped with nasturtium and molasses pickled garlic. (Photo above.)
If you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll have to try the uni and eggs dish: The usually overwhelming sea urchin is tempered by the sous vide egg, yuzu yama imo, dashi broth and shiso greens.
Want more ideas on how to step up your sushi game? Here’s our guide to other unique dishes to try next time you stop by Yuki Yama!