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.
Despite 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.
I 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?
2210 WSW Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701