Yamato; Taihen desu, ne? Oshii, itsumo
In my book, Yamato is number one. I lived in Tucson for over 35 years before resettling in Charlottesville VA. I am a frequent traveler and sushi remains very high on my list of favorite comestibles, I have partaken coast to coast, yet on the top of that list remains Yamato in Tucson. Fresh, fabulous, properly prepared sushi. My favorite is the spicy tuna roll (mild)...ask Naburo to make it the way Michael Green likes it...perhaps the tastiest single morsel known to humankind, whether cut or a hand roll. So good it fact, that I intend to fly to Tucson next week to buy Lisa LaVey a bite to eat before catching Harry Potter on her birthday...
Yamato to me is one of 5 reasons why i regret moving to Phoenix. If gas prices were even $3.20/gal then i would drive back down to Tucson for the weekend just to have MY Yamato Sushi! Yamato is one of tucsons finest landmarks. Enjoy!
I lived in Japan for five years. I have very high standards for Japanese food. Yamato is the only Japanese resturant in Tucson that serves food to my standards.
Despite the delicious food, Yamato does have problems. It is located in a depressed strip mall, it needs decorating, and the service is slow.
Who would have know that the best sushi in Tucson was right in my own neighborhood! I've eaten sushi in big cities and little cities and across continents, but this little place, a few blocks from my house is really some of the best. If you are going for sushi because of the food and not for the ambiance or decor, then this is the place. As far as location...it is central and there is always parking, although I prefer to walk. I like my neighborhood and am even happier that Yamato Sushi is part of it! Where else can I get monk fish liver and shiitake mushroom sushi at the same time.
Could be the best Japanese rest I have ever eaten at. Rates highly in flavor and freshness with San Francisco, Las Vegas and LA. Not fancy; rests in a cheap center next to McD's on a questionable street in lousey area of Tucson ( which is lousey for the most part). Prices are outstaning, presentation is simple and elegant, service terrific. We don't even mind the hour drive from the northern foothills even for lunch. If you appreciate any part of Japanese cusine....DO NOT miss this. The only thing that would improve this is turning off the annoying TV programs from Japan. I could list several dishes, but would be waste of time. Order anything !
Best Japanese food in town! Don't let this simple eatery fool you. the sushi is fresh and delicious, cooked meals are excellent too. Lot's of love in everything prepared and served. This is my husband's and my favorite place to eat.
I agree with the other reviewers. I found this place the first week I moved to Tucson, and tried out a dozen other places, but always come back to Yamato. THIS is the best sushi in Tucson, not Sushi-Ten or anything else. Don't be fooled by the downmarket location or decor, they spend the money on the fish instead of the furniture.
I am ashamed to say that it took me 5 years and multiple visits to most of the other sushi bars in town (Sushi Hama, Sushi-ten, Sushi-cho, Sushi Garden, etc.) before finding the absolute gem in this town.
The prices are very reasonable, the restaurant is not huge and noisy but nicely decorated and calm, and the staff is very nice and attentive. But that's not why I'm writing this review.
The sushi here is incredible. The fish is unbelievably fresh and the rice isn't overseasoned. The sushi chef here understands the delicate balance that is truly good sushi. Well, of course he does, he's a Japanese man who trained in Japan. There are no pre-made rolls here. He even chops and mixes his spicy fish for rolls for each order of spicy tuna, yellowtail, or salmon.
Forget the other sushi bars. Yamato is it, and you need to go.
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