325 E 4th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401
Why did we dine here? – Best Sushi in the San Francisco? Sushi Yoshizumi, San Mateo, California is a new One Michelin Star receipient for 2016. They serve the expert crafted omakase menu of Chef Akira Yoshizumi. Ingredients are sourced both domestically and internationally (Tokyo) for his Edomae sushi style cuisine.
Kusakabe, San Francisco, Sushi Yoshizumi, San Mateo are fighting for the crown of best sushi palace in the San Francisco area.
This is a tiny restaurant with 9 people per seating (2 seatings each evening). Reservations size is limited to 4 people and is typically made over a month in advance.
Insider Tip – Make Reservations early. They cannot accommodate allergies.
Cuisine – Japanese
Location – San Mateo Downtown
Opened – 2015
Service – Sushi Yoshizumi lives in a craftsman’s intimate workshop. You have a 1 on 1 relationship with friendly Master Yoshizumi. Service is very good, with requests answered quickly. Just do not bother him while he is concentrating.
Verdict – Sushi Yoshizumi is one of the best sushi restaurants in the San Francisco area. Fresh fish, a crafty master, create works of art. Anyone serious about sushi should come here. You have to fly to Japan, LA, or NY to kick it up to the next level.
Is it as good as Sushi we have had in Tokyo? 2 Michelin Starred Sushi Kanesaka remains on another level compared to even this top notch restaurant.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Yes.
Sushi Yoshizumi Signature Dishes – Omakase
Sushi Yoshizumi’s Menu all our omakase menus change daily based on seasonal ingredients, availability, and the catch of the day. (US and Japan) They do try to keep it local, sustainable, wild and not farmed when possible. They observe the Monterey Aquarium seafood watch list!
We paid $85 per person, but shortly after this (2/1/16, they raised the price to:
$125 for Yohei Omakase with 6 types of Otumami, 12 types of Nigiri, owan, and Sweets.
$170 for Premium Extended Omakase. Needs to be requested 2 weeks in advance.
Sushi Yoshizumi Food Picks:
Some ingredient notes:
Rice – The #1 ingredient when evaluating Sushi, NOT the fish. They use one of the finest Japanese short grain rice, blended with 2 kinds of koshihikari and sasanishiki, for their sushi.
Soy Sauce – Their sushi nigiri is already seasoned with his own blend of nigiri soy sauce. His custom blend, made from soy sauce, sake, and mirin, is designed to enhance the flavor of the fish. You DO NOT add more Soy Sauce, it is insulting
Sushi Seasoning Vinegar – They use aged red vinegar (akazu) and sea salt to season the rice. The red vinegar naturally sweetens the rice, so we do not need to add any additional sugar.
We some excellent seafood: Blue fish tuna, Monkfish, Snapper, Anago, Toro, Saba, Hamachi, and more.
Nigiri was flawless with excellent rice.
Miso Soup, Tamago was spot on.
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