Once mastered, chopsticks are the most manageable eating utensils, unlike forks, which get mangled in the dishwasher, or fingers, which get lost in the mouths of teething sock puppets. Eat easily with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi, Japanese entrees, and beverages at Sushi Yama in Escondido.
Blending time-tested tradition with forward-looking culinary creativity, the chefs at Sushi Yama unfurl a multifaceted menu of sashimi, specialty sushi rolls, and hot Japanese entrees. Pepper-crusted ahi sashimi and avocado ($14) lounge in wait, and the Chapulin roll ($12) wraps a tight package of spicy crab, avocado, and grilled shrimp, and, like last year’s birthday present from a confused aunt, tops it with lime, yellowtail, and habanero. Born on a palanquin of asparagus spears and sushi rice, the Yama grilled salmon luxuriates in a secret blend of spices ($13), and the mix tempura platter mingles deep-fried shrimp and veggies with an entourage of rice and salad ($12). Frosty Japanese beer and hot sake ($4–$6) ensure precise temperature regulation for any mouth.
At Sushi Yama, versatile chefs impart a modern flair to traditional Japanese cooking, serving satisfying noodle and katsu dishes alongside succulent sashimi plates and meticulously crafted rolls of sushi. Like a replica of a Rodin sculpture made from mochi, each meal is a blend of delicious cuisine and fine art, entrancing diners with crispy strips of tempura or crimson slivers of tuna and beef accented by colorful sliced vegetables and creamy, paper-thin crescents of avocado. A mouthwatering litany of more than 20 specialty rolls unite morsels of yellowtail, salmon, and blackened grilled shrimp with crispy panko, sweet plum essence, and zesty lime, and meals of udon and grilled salmon deliver rich notes of umami flavor. Diners garnish feasts with inventive appetizers of chili-kissed oysters and wasabi-laced fish tacos while clinking glasses of frosty beer and potent sake.
500 N Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, California 92027Get Directions