Sushi, scratch that, Sashimi – keep the rice and give me more raw fish – is by far my favorite type of food now. I could eat it everyday. That is if I can go to Yakitory Sake House in East Boca Raton.
Hubby found this gem of a restaurant a few years ago and took me there for a date night shortly after. Ever since then, rarely a week goes by that we don’t stop by for some yummy fresh and yes, raw fish goodness.
Jason, the head chef, always has something new up his sleeve and can even surprise my husband, who has been a fan of sushi for many more years than me. Tina, who manages the restaurant always has a smile on her face and makes it a point to stop by our table and chat with us for a few minutes whenever we are there. There are always hugs for the kids and us. We truly feel like family when we are there.
The servers are always polite and on top of things. By now they know our preferences and we usually have our drinks of choice, as well as soup and salad, within minutes of our arrival.
I usually start with a miso soup – this is by far the best I’ve ever had. The soup has these little mushrooms and fried onion pieces in it besides the usual tofu, seaweed and miso paste. It just makes it a whole new thing.
Hubby prefers the house salad with home made ginger dressing. It is so delicious and refreshing. I am known to sneak a bite!!!
Over time we’ve tried many new and different things and have not been disappointed.
This monk fish liver is absolutely delectable, it simply melts in your mouth and the flavor is divine. The slight warmth of the liver combined with the cool saltiness of the ikura (salmon fish roe) makes for a wonderful combination.
Never one to shy away from trying new things, I was even convinced to try raw oysters, one thing I’ve never felt the need to try, especially after hearing so many horror stories. But these kumomoto oysters, flown in from Japan, are truly a different matter entirely. The minute it hits your taste buds, it feels like the ocean has come alive in your mouth – salty, refreshing and lemony – a flavor explosion. I was even pleasantly surprised by the texture – no sliminess detected here.
The baby yellow tail appetizer is one of my favorites, the fish is amazing on it’s own but with the secret sauce, tomato pieces and sprouts the fish comes alive. I could easily eat two plates all by myself but restrain myself so I can enjoy other dishes as well.
The giant clam appetizer is not always on the menu so when it is available, we rarely pass it up. The first time we tried it, we didn’t know what to expect and were very pleasantly surprised. It’s actually very firm and almost crunchy and has a very unique flavor. Middle daughter adores this dish, not something we expected.
Depending on our mood, we sometimes order a boat for two and dig in. So many different flavors and combinations, definitely a great choice if you can’t quite decide what you want.
If I had to pick one dish as my favorite, it would definitely be the live scallop. From the first time I had it and every time after, it’s just been amazing. I am not a big fan of cooked scallop at all but this is so totally different – combined with the sauce, the scallop tastes refreshing and slightly sweet. The scallop is actually still alive when it gets prepped and the kids have watched the chef prepare it and seen the muscle move! It simply and truly is a fantastic dish, one that I highly recommend everyone gives a try.
After most dinners we are usually too stuffed and don’t think we have room for dessert but who can refuse the goodness that is mochi ice cream, especially during one of our hot Florida summer evenings? The flavors are different from regular ice cream, ranging from green tea to red bean and worth a try!
Are you hungry, yet?
Yakitori Sake House is located at 271 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432.
If you are in the local area and in the mood for some amazing food, stop by Yakitori and tell Tina that Susi from BocaFrau sent you for 20% off your meal!!!