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“One experience only, but great” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Yama Sushi

Yama Sushi
Ranked #54 of 165 Restaurants in Ellicott City
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Troy, Virginia
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“One experience only, but great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

The wife and I ate here on a Sunday night 45 min. before closing. There was no one else there when we walked in…too sad so many were missing out. Another couple came in a little while later. This place is in a strip mall…don’t let that fool you…go there.

Based on this one meal it was perfect. We shared the Crazy Salmon Roll and the Double Spicy Maki roll. The Crazy salmon roll was very good but the Double Spicy Maki Roll was one of the best Maki I have ever had (Maki is the food and seasoned rice rolled with sheets of nori (seaweed) that many mistakenly call sushi. Sushi is raw fish or other food placed on top of formed, seasoned rice).

We also enjoyed tuna, yellowtail and scallop sashimi (sashimi is just the raw seafood or fish…no rice). Raw tuna is nearly flavorless but the texture is fantastic, it takes up the flavor of soy sauce and wasabi wonderfully.

Yellowtail is a wonderfully flavored raw fish and if you like raw fish sashimi and enjoy real scallops cooked to perfection, you should really try raw scallops…it is “roll your eyes back in your head divine”.

You MUST enjoy raw fish though…you have to get your head around it and realize properly handled raw OCEAN fish is not only NOT dangerous, but better than cooked fish. (Do not eat freshwater fish raw, you can’t see parasites in freshwater fish, but parasites are big and clearly evident in Salt water fish…you can’t miss them and they will never make it to your plate in a restaurant.)

Our plate was presented wonderfully and we enjoyed it all with a properly heated hot sake and enjoyed many a Kampai! Which is how to say Cheers! In Japan.

The only thing that could have been better…and this is NOT a deal breaker, is our server could have had more personality. She looked the look, but was a clear spoken American accent and seemed tired and ready for the place to close. Her service was spot on, not once did we want for anything, but female servers in Japan are taught to be very cordial…a bit more than just efficient. A customary bow would have been cool. Japanese women never look a man in the eye while serving him. I’m not a chauvinist, I’m just telling how it is in customs. The Japanese people are very special people, I love them.

So, for a real Japanese experience, a restaurant must have the proper Japanese “attitude”. This is the U.S., so granted, most Americans are completely ignorant about Japan and probably don’t understand when they are treated customarily by Japanese people, so restaurants are probably careful to appease and cater to “American” ways.

The bad/good news is, the “American way” these days is often described by marginal service and marginal food, BUT, this restaurant gave us excellent service and top notch food.

Five out of five stars for our experience this one night. I wish we lived nearby.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
DeLand, Florida
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77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great Sushi with Beautiful Presentation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

I have eaten here about a half dozen times and have always enjoyed great sushi and sashimi but what separates Yama Sushi in a county with many great sushi places is the presentation. Each item served is an art piece and a visual as well as gastronomic delight.

Visited November 2013
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great sushi!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

We ordered many different sushi, each to each other's tastes. For example the butterfly rolls, tuna, salmon, yellowtail, scallop and two other more complicated rolls. We had miso soup and baby octopus.
The miso soup was great, exactly what it should taste like. The baby octopus was good too.
Overall all sushi tasted very fresh. The butterfly rolls were the best, followed by the other sushis. The scallop sushi seemed bland.

Service was fast, we were promptly seated and the waitress came as soon as we needed anything. The atmosphere was great, it's a (relatively) small place, not too crowded.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Maryland
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great, fresh sushi!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

Great special rolls available that tantalize your palate. Service friendly and location is easy to get to.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Maryland
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369 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Lucky to find Yama Sushi!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

Tried Yama Sushi after opting out of a long line at another sushi location. Very happy with our choice. It features both a sushi bar and small tables or a separate private room. The service was just right, with our tea replenished promptly and delicious range of reasonable choices. Plan to return for the lunch special, which appears to be a great value.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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