Dinner at Sushidokoro Yamato

Dinner at Sushidokoro Yamato

at Sushidokoro Yamato (鮨処 やまと) on 25 December 2023
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Yesterday's dinner at Yamato was a remarkable experience. The meal began with a series of outstanding otsumami, culminating in an exceptional anago that was crispy on the outside yet tender inside. The nigiri, notably larger in size, reminiscent of Sugita's style, were expertly prepared with a focus on aging the fish to enhance its flavor.

A notable aspect of the dining experience was the chef's demeanor. Throughout the preparation of the omakase menu, he was intensely serious and focused, a testament to his dedication to his craft. It was only after completing the menu that he showed a more relaxed side, with smiles and a more laid-back demeanor. This approach extended to the dining atmosphere he cultivates; the chef prefers his guests to concentrate fully on the culinary experience, thereby discouraging overly chatty behavior. This philosophy also influences his policy against private bookings (貸切), as he believes that larger groups tend to focus more on conversation than on the food. While some might disagree with this approach, preferring a more interactive dining experience, I found this focus on the culinary aspect both unique and appreciable.

Sushi
9 / 10