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Yamazushi – Kaiseki

Posted by DID 9 Mar 2014 One Comment

MEZ covered Yamzushi back in 2011 when there was a sushi menu, appetizers and entrees. Yamazushi has changed since then. Back then, MEZ sang Yamazushi’s praises for the quality of the food, the attention to detail, the presentation and the unique flavors. Their menu then hinted at the potential in owner’s¬†George and Mayumi Yamazawa’s cuisine.

Yamazushi now just offers one fixed price dinner option a night, eight courses presented in a traditional Japanese style call Kaiski for $85 a person.

This small intimate space feels like you’ve been invited into the¬†Yamazawa’s home (and not unlike a serene spa). The chef even hand crafts every dish on which the food is served. Only a few reservations are taken a night and parties more than four cannot sit together.

Each of the eight courses are paced and the entire experience takes around three hours, which passes surprisingly quickly.

On Yamzushi’s door, there is a quote that amounts to “enjoy the moment, it only happens once.” Thus it seems a bit wrong to in any way document this meal. You will never have the same meal twice at Yamazushi as every dish changes daily based on the ingredients available. This is just to give folks a sense of what it’s like to sit down at Yamazushi.

The courses are:

SAKIZUKE (appetizer) OTSUKURI (Sashimi) HASSUN (Seasonal assortment) AGE MONO (Fried dish) YAKI MONO (Grilled dish) MUSHI MONO (Steamed dish) WAN MONO (Soup dish) NI MONO (Simmered dish) GOHAN MONO (Rice dish) MIZU MONO (dessert)

Eggplant with miso sauce.


The seasonal assortment – crab, pickled fish, seaweed salad, daikon radish, more.

Fried dish – three scallops, coated in rice cracker crumbs

Steamed dish was eel sushi.

Sake marinated cod.

Hot pot.

Dessert – housemade persimmon sorbet w/ red beans and cake.

As expected, every dish was incredible. The ingredients are extremely fresh, and prepared in a way that lets them shine.

This is a meal that is meant to slow you down, force you to take notice and absorb each bite, appreciate different textures, temperatures and flavors. It’s a special event. We left full, satisfied and completely relaxed.

4711 Hope Valley Road

One Comment »

  • Ted said:

    Thanks for the lack of adjectives and descriptive prose. Words and photos can not do this place justice. Do go. But please go in the right frame of mind and your experience will be multiplied.

    Yamazushi is a truly special place. We’ve now dined there four times and each meal has been remarkable – both in taste and in relaxation.

    This is an intimate place for couples, adult family or close friends. Not a place for lively conversation or large parties.

    Reserve well in advance as it is a very small venue. The table is yours for the evening.


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