Yuki Sushi — restaurant review — California
Posted on July 25, 2007 by Kris Nelson
It may seem a bit misleading when you see the queue outside and the crowded dining area inside, but Yuki Sushi is not good eats. Their tempura batter is too thick, noodles starchy and limp, sushi rice too vinegary, rolled tamago way too sweet, nori stale, maguro stringy, tako a bit sour, overall tough and old or incorrectly thawed fish. I was not enjoying myself. Sure they gave some nice big pieces, save for the hamachi (which was actually pretty okay but sliced thinly), but who wants more of an awful tasting meal? The only thing I savored was the sake (salmon).. it was the smoked variety and was oily and subtle. Certainly not the freshest nor the prettiest nor the best tasting sake I’ve had, but compared to everything else in my chirashi, it was a shining star. Maybe that’s why it’s so dark at Yuki Sushi, so you can’t see yourself vomit. It was indeed Yucky Sushi.
This brings me to the cardinal restaurant rule: scope out the patrons. If the majority of the patrons match the ethnicity of the cuisine, the more likely it’ll be yumyum. The same usually applies to snooty looking businessmen. Kinda makes sense, they’re world travelers and clients invite them to dine at the most exclusive eateries, and they are wealthy enough to placate their discriminating palates. Surely the most authentic (meaning Americans will generally not like it) Japanese restaurants will serve a lot of suits. Yuki Sushi serves mostly secretary types and stay-at-home moms. And I have to warn you to bring your earplugs and your megaphone for this place because it is overrun with loud, inane banter. Everytime we go here (Chris likes the udon which I have to admit has a wonderfully light, clear broth and broccoli yay!), there are multiple dialogues about who had what kid or somebody’s kid did this or they personally shot out another kid. It’s almost guaranteed you’ll overhear a 2000 decibel conversation concerning breast pumps and soy formula, which even I know doesn’t have necessary nutrients and it scares me that women are more concerned about how it smells. Appetizing lunch talk, eh?
1827 Pruneridge Ave. — Santa Clara, CA — (408) 248-9144
Lunch: T-F 11:30am-2pm
Dinner: T-Sat 5pm-9:30pm, Sun 5pm-9pm
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