by Gloria H. on
Not really familiar with the area, we didn't want to take a chance and decided to valet park - silly! The cost is only $2 more at $14 but cash only. Peter White finally got us to visit Yoshi's. We bought tickets online w/ the dinner deposit, which is really the best deal. We picked up our tickets and the $40 deposit voucher and went to the restaurant. We were a bit early but were seated right away. Two story high ceilings, very modern and sleek - walking by the large open kitchen is quite interesting. Service was pretty good although our waitress tends to be missing every once in a while. Again, we had small hot sake throughout dinner ($9 each). What we had: Sashimi sampler - $22 - delicious, presentation is fantastic - it's really nice how they plated it over ice. There were uni, amaebi, sake, maguro, tai and hamachi? Crispy trio -$13 - 2 pieces each of fried soft shell crab, delicious! 2 skewers of calamari, ok and 2 lobster blossom - seaweed wrapped dumpling w/ lobster salad inside - super tasty. This is one of the favorites dishes of the night. Ocean salad - $8 - fuji apple, shiso, various types of seaweed, few sprout, radicchio w/ flakes of bonito on top with citrus san baizu vinaigrette - very refreshing and flavorful Aji chop - $10 - served over some blanched greens, this was truly bland and lacking flavor - very disappointed. Maguo robata - $19 - the menu said swordfish but the menu changed so we had the tuna instead. this was supposed to be a quick sear but it tasted so overcooked - it was like overcooked beef. The only thing I liked of the dish is the tender pea sprouts. Miso soup - $2.50 - they turned on the AC and I got really cold, the hot soup helped. It was pretty good. Agedashi tofu - $9 - this was topped with a sculpture of fried onion, very tasty an order of albacore nigiri ($4.50) - this melted in the mouth, if I had ordered this first, I would have had a few more orders of this. Aji nigiri ($6) - very fresh and sweet. trio of homemade gelato - $6 - flavors were banana foster (hubby's favorite), green tea (my favorite) and some kind of coffee - all very good Will definitely return. The jazz club is nice. Very intimate setting but just a bit crowded w/ four chair around every little table. There is a one drink minimum which is not stated anywhere...we like the option of having drinks but do not like the waiters/waitresses walking around back/forth all night during performance. Although food is a nice option, it really isn't pleasant to be smelling burger, fries and whatever else your neighbors are having while you are trying to enjoy a nice show.