Yokohama Sushi, Boca Raton FL

Yokohama SushiRating: ½☆☆☆☆
Yokohama Sushi
60 N. Federal Hwy.
Boca Raton FL

The rice had no taste, but was overcooked. In this day and age even the most inexperienced apprentice can cook sushi rice correctly by using a rice cooker. I’m not expecting every sushi chef to expertly deal with the rice after it’s cooked. Only those who care enough to learn about the sushi they’re making will have bothered to quickly cool and vinegar the rice without damaging it. But I do expect every sushi chef to be able to master the electronic settings on sushi rice cookers. Yet here I ate some really lousy rice.

So those of you who know me know I won’t enjoy nigiri when the rice is overcooked. Unsurprisingly the rice here was really compacted together to form some heavy rice balls. These were made to seem even more awkward by the fact that the fish toppings (I didn’t try any tamago or veggies) were sliced paper thin. This complete mismatch between the rice and fish makes enjoying nigirizushi all but impossible.

Sushi Sashimi Combo

Sushi Sashimi Combo

And for those still wondering if this was just a fluke, note that none of the fish had any wasabi applied before assembling the nigiri. A little dab is essential for some fish toppings, you should expect it. The slivers of fish used to make nigiri were anorexic, but the sashimi is was cut into thick blocks.

None of the fish I saw was cut correctly. A sure sign that the restaurant you’re in has not hired a sushi chef is square fish. In other words every piece of fish is a perfectly square piece, cut by placing the knife at the top and cutting straight down. Cutting fish for sushi should mean cutting at a ninety degree angle to the “grain” and cutting on a bias to avoid ever serving those “blocks” of sashimi.

Sushi CounterOK by this point I’m obviously pretty down on this place. But the overall lack of concern about the quality of food being served is evident everywhere you look. The wooden chopsticks used here are the lightest ones I have ever seen. Do they make balsawood chopsticks now? The regular soy sauce seemed okay, but the low sodium stuff was surely watered down – it was practically tasteless.

The fish was not bad. It wasn’t great either, but it would have tasted decent had it been cut and served in a reasonable fashion. But here the majority of the fish is consumed in the form of rolls. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the rolls selection on their menu.

They have no traditional sushi rolls like cucumber, tuna or hamachi rolls. If you like raw fish rolls like me, your choices are rainbow roll and a roll with hamachi and jalapeño. Weak but not the worst thing in the world. But reading the remainder of the rolls selection reveals loads of rolls that are tempura or deep fried rolls. And even those that do not involve tempura are baked or concealed with spicy mayo.

Rating: ½☆☆☆☆

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  • noname says:

    I would have to agree with your assessment, I have not been received well by the waitress, made the terrible mistake to try the fancy rolls, it ended up in the blandest, sadest, least delicate sushi I had in a long while. Poorly cooked and unseasoned rice. Wasabi missing. Improperly cut fish, heavily masqueraded rolls hiding low quality product under loads of not-so-great toppings.

  • Rocco says:

    This place may make it only if they get rid of the older Asian waitress. She is disgusting, mean and flat out rude. Grabbed our water glasses out of our hands and said other customers are waiting. She then in turn pointed her finger right in my son’s face and told him to watch himself or leave, making a scene in front of other customers. The other waitress felt bad for us and told us to stay as long as we wanted and comped us some ice cream. She also mentioned that this waitress is a constant problem. I demamded to see the owner and he was not available. The food was only ok, mostly fried and too much rice on the rolls. But the biggest problem is this idiot waitress–get rid of her. Totally ruined our celebration evening!!


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