At the end of the townhouses, behind Michaels hides a small Japanese restaurant called Yoyogi Sushi. Although the location is not ideal, the food is great and inexpensive.
Inside the whitewashed townhouse, it is surprisingly clean and orderly. Sprinkled about the restaurants are plants and small Japanese figures, which are believed to bring good luck. The set up is square tables inside with matching chairs, but the customer also has the choice to sit outside when the weather is nice and sunny.
Their sushi is huge and tastes amazing. The California rolls are stuffed with crabmeat and pieces of avocado. The eel rolls are a little bit smaller, but there is still plenty of eel in each roll as well as a piece of cucumber. Each roll is lightly covered with teriyaki sauce.
The sushi is particularly inexpensive during the lunch hours from 11:30 am to 3 pm.
One deal has twelve pieces of sushi for just five dollars. After 3 pm, it is considered dinner and the prices increase slightly to a reasonable seven dollars.
Another part of the lunch special is the chicken or beef teriyaki. During the lunch hours, each piece of meat is lightly fried and drizzled in teriyaki sauce. The crispy outside is an interesting texture.
These dishes also come with a small bowl of white rice. It might not sound like much, but the amount of chicken they give you is enormous. It practically covers the entire plate and all for a price of five dollars.
At dinner time, they prepare the teriyaki in a different way. Instead of frying them, they sautéed them but still cover them with the same delicious teriyaki sauce. The portion is a bit bigger but so is the price—seven dollars.
If you do not want such a heavy lunch or dinner, you could always order the shrimp and vegetable tempura. They fry pieces of shrimp and slices of different vegetables—green beans, yams and carrots—so then they have a breaded-type crust.
They also supply a bowl of white rice as well as tempura sauce. Although the sauce is somewhat light in flavor, it does make the tempura taste better than it already is. For lunch and dinner, the price for tempura stays at five dollars, which is beyond reasonable considering they give you a small basket full of fried shrimp and vegetables.
On the menu, the restaurant also serves maki rolls, which is just six pieces of sushi. For each maki roll, the price ranges from three dollars and fifty cents to four dollars.
What they don’t have on the lunch special are the shrimp tempura roll and the spider roll.
The shrimp tempura roll is sushi with shrimp tempura. They cover it with some tempura sauce and it is heaven. There is also the spider roll for four dollars: a soft shell crab tightly wrapped with seaweed, which is not bad either.
Now, if you aren’t much of a sushi person, they serve noodles too.
Personally, the stir-fried udon noodle with chicken is really good.
A hearty combination of green beans and onions is combined with the noodles. The whole dish is sautéed in a soy sauce mixture and it brings it all together.
If your stomach is not able to handle sushi or noodles, you can always order a miso soup. The miso soup has chunks of tofu and green onion, which is good for the digestion and it’s only one dollar.
Water and tea is self-served, but the waitresses are quick to whisk away finished dishes.
Overall, I give Yoyogi Sushi a five out of five.
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