Yamato Japanese Hibachi & Sushi

Yamato Japanese Hibachi & Sushi I love trying new restaurants when they come to Tyler, so I have been a very happy girl lately.  I mentioned a couple of weeks ago how impressed I was with Wasabi.  So naturally I had to check out Yamato to see if it could compare.

Yamato is much larger than Wasabi, and their menu is beyond extensive.  They have hibachi and sushi and different seating areas to correspond.  Of course I wanted to try the sushi, so we were led to a table and promptly greeted by our server.  I was really hoping for a glass of wine so it was a bit disappointing to learn that Yamato is still waiting to receive their liquor license.  If I owned a restaurant I would definitely not open for business if my restaurant was not complete, but that’s just me.  This is not a deal breaker, but I will probably not be back until they get their license situation straightened out.  What can I say? I like a glass of wine with my meals when I go out to eat.

Yamato Japanese Hibachi & SushiDespite the minor speed bump I was still really excited to try the food, especially the bento boxes.  I read a really strange Japanese novel several years ago called Out, and that’s where I first heard of the bento box.  In my mind I pictured it being the Japanese equivalent of a Lean Cuisine.  We ordered a sashimi salad, a sashimi bento box, and a Tyler Roll.  We got our ginger salad and miso soup first which were both good.  When our sushi arrived it was quite obvious that we had ordered way too much food.  The Tyler Roll (spicy tuna, tempura flakes, sliced tuna topping in special sauce) was good, but my focus was on the bento box.  It was like a really cool cafeteria tray with fresh sashimi, a California roll, tempura vegetables, rice, and fruit.  All the food tasted fresh and delicious.

Yamato Japanese Hibachi & SushiI mentioned before that the menu at Yamato is extensive, and is it ever.  There would definitely be something for everyone here.  The sea bass bento box caught my eye and I’d really like to go back and try it sometime.  I think a lot of people will really like this restaurant, and I bet it will do well.

Now tell us, what is your favorite kind of sushi?

Yamato
2210 WSW Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
(903) 534-1888

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Wasabi Sushi Bar & Asian Bistro

Wasabi Asian Bistro and Sushi BarIn my often expressed opinion, Tyler has been in desperate need of a new sushi restaurant, in particular, one that would be open for lunch. My sushi dance to the gods must have worked, because now Tyler has two brand new Japanese restaurants, both serving sushi and both open for lunch. Strangely enough these two restaurants opened their doors in the same week and hopefully aren’t taking too much business from my first sushi love, Shogun’s.

Wasabi Sushi Bar & Asian BistroWasabi, located beside Karen Horton in the location formerly occupied by San Francisco Oven and Fiore (RIP), opened their doors last Saturday, May 29. I snuck away from an especially busy day at work this week to check it out as I needed a mental refresher to re-energize my brain. We arrived at noon and the restaurant was busy but not crowded. The hostess led us to a booth where we began to look over the menu. I saw some great things but was unsure whether the food could live up to the description. We decided to go with the salmon ceviche to start with and the Tyler TX and Hawaiian rolls. The salmon ceviche came out first. In a word, it was delicious! I especially loved the fresh taste of the salmon mixed with the sweet chunks of mango. I can’t wait to try this dish again. The rolls came out next and they were equally fabulous. My favorite was the Hawaiian. It had yellowtail rolled with avocado and pineapple. It tasted summery and refreshing. The Tyler TX roll (shrimp tempura, cream cheese, and jalapeno, baked topped with crab mix, salmon and spicy mayo, with unagi sauce, chirachi, tempura flakes, scallions, and masago) was great too.

Salmon CevicheI am still so impressed by my experience at Wasabi and can’t wait to go back. Good location, great service, and totally awesome food have pushed Wasabi to the top of my must-try list for those of you who love Japanese food. I can’t wait to hear what all of you think about it.

Wasabi Sushi Bar and Asian Bistro
5617 Donnybrook Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703-6111
(903) 939-0211

Wasabi

Sunflower

Wasabi

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Shogun of Japan

DSC05075 One genre of restaurant currently lacking in Tyler, in my opinion, is sushi restaurants.  Luckily, despite the lack of sushi establishments, the sushi options we do have here are fantastic, particularly, Shogun of JapanShoguns is a Japanese hibachi/sushi restaurant with two locations in Tyler, both on Broadway, known as Shoguns #1 and Shoguns #2, though I have never been able to remember which one is which.  I usually distinguish between the two as either inside the Loop or out…  The location I most frequently visit is Shoguns in the Loop, and judging by the crowd I witnessed there last night, I am not the only one.

DSC05079Whenever I get a craving for sushi, it comes on strong and is impossible to ignore.  Last night I had one of these cravings, so the sis and I went out to Shoguns for our sushi fix.  Every single spot in the parking lot was full, although it really didn’t seem that busy inside.  I think the hibachi side must seat a lot of people, because the parking lot always seems more full than the restaurant.  Not a huge fan of hibachi myself, I happily stick to the sushi side.  I am by no means an expert in sushi, however, I have eaten at The Bluefish in Dallas, and Tao in Las Vegas, and I really think the sushi at Shoguns in Tyler is just as good, if not better.  Nothing is off limits to me sushi-wise.  Octopus, eel, fish eggs, raw, whatever – I’ll eat it all.  Shoguns has a really great selection of both beginner sushi options like the California and Shrimp Crunch rolls, to more daring options like the Sunomono salad loaded with octopus.
DSC05083Recently remodeled, Shoguns in the Loop has tasteful Asian decor, and a nice but small bar area.  The service is always good, though a bit slow sometimes, and I notice that many of the servers at Shoguns have worked there for years.  If I could change one thing about Shoguns, I would make them open for lunch…  At least the sushi side so I could get a Seaweed salad and a Sunomono for a quick lunch.  Tylerites highly recommends Shogun of Japan on food, service, and ambiance. Definitely worth a look for anyone who loves sushi or who wants to learn to love sushi.  Or, if you don’t want to learn to love or even like sushi, check out Shoguns for the hibachi grill, and enjoy a Mai Tai with your Surf and Turf.

Tuna TowerShogun #1
5515 South Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703
(903) 534-1155‎

Shogun #2
3521 South Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75701
(903) 561-9890‎