Yummi Sushi had been open just about a year when it claimed the title of Best Sushi Restaurant in 2010 from the critics at the San Antonio Express-News's online portal, mySA.com. They raved about the inventiveness of both the sushi and non-sushi dishes, saying they "found plenty of hits and few, if any, misses."?
The Yummi Dynamite roll was a menu favorite with its combination of spicy salmon, julienne cucumber, rice, and avocado drizzled with garlic sauce. There's nigiri, too, as well as deep-fried, baked, and torched rolls. Sushi dinners give guests a little bit of everything, much like a genie who doesn't like to play by the rules.
Non-sushi range from the traditional (beef teriyaki) to the less common (chicken kaarage, marinated and deep-fried meat paired with mashed potatoes and cabbage). There's plenty to linger over after the meal, including rotating desserts and a succinct but satisfying selection of sakes and Japanese beers.
At Hon Machi Sushi & Teppanyaki, the chefs take center stage to entertain every sense as they fashion culinary works of art. Whether they're on the sidelines putting together specialty hand rolls at the sushi bar or searing combinations of steak, lobster, and chicken at tableside grills, half of the experience is watching chefs create the tasty meals. Deep-red walls surround the eight-seat teppanyaki stations that encourage guests to chat with fellow diners and let them know if they have rice in their beards.
Sake Cafe’s chefs mix and match myriad ingredients into nearly 20 specialty rolls. Their culinary centerpieces range from the Red Dragon’s shrimp tempura and seared tuna to the Spicy Kita-Kita’s five different fish slices wrapped around jumbo scallops and scallions. Grilled eel and fresh mango unite on the mango-and-eel roll, and the house roll is a cylinder of chopped Hawaiian ahi tuna, wild salmon, and yellowtail splashed with tobiko caviar all over the outside so it arrives smelling like seafood.
Everything’s bigger, spicier, and richer in Texas, judging by the sushi at Godai Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant. This is especially true for the generously sized Heart Attack Roll, which contains spicy tuna, cream cheese, and jalapeños in a deep-fried shell.
Sushihana’s culinary team fries mushrooms and marinates sea bass in orange and miso. These tantalizing dishes aren’t even the main attraction, though. That honor is reserved for the sake, which comes in funky and flavored varieties that servers can match to your meal.