Let me start out by saying that when I used to live in Sydney, my office was around the corner so used to eat here regularly. It was always a hive of activity - with most days, the sushi bar crammed with bankers, the private room constantly full and the main part of the restaurant always humming with people. The food was excellent, service was slick, and it was a terrific experience.
So last night, went to Yoshi with the expectation of it being another top notch meal in Sydney. Took a colleague from work.
First thing I noticed was that the sushi bar was dead empty. Not a soul. No place settings even. Just one lonely sushi chef behind the counter. We asked a very young and harried waiter if we could sit at the sushi bar. No - came the reply as if you wanted to sit there, you need to make a reservation. News to me. So we asked if we could sit in the main restaurant. Yes no problem.
The menu has now been relegated to being photocopied and folded into a little envelope. There is a degustation menu at $130 a head, then there is another one-page loose piece of frayed paper with the a la carte menu on it. Thankfully, the once herculean wine list is still in a binder, although they are slim pickings compared to the heady days of old.
We order the smoked cod, the sashimi plate and the wagu beef - all to share. 2 bowls of rice. A a beer each. Oh, I ordered a glass of semillion - which had clearly been sitting in the fridge for too long. Close to undrinkable despite being $16 a glass. Total bill came to $174. For 2. And the servings were small. The quality of the wagu beef was average, the sashimi plate, which still had some of the signature flair in terms of presentation was just ok, and the smoked cod was tiny.
This used to be one of Sydneys best Japanese. Now it is not. Other reviewers are right, It has lost its flair and edge and that Japanese insistence on quality and cleanliness. left the building long ago.
If you have fond memories of Yoshi in times of old, preserve them in your mind now. Dont ruin things by going back now and being disappointed. Like I was.
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