You, me, to Yume, right now. Yummy!

I was going to start this post with, “There was a large explosion yesterday at the Clearwater Mall in Johannesburg West. In my mouth. At Yume Sushi”, but that would be cheap and would lower the tone of the blog as a whole haha.

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Mike, the Chef busy with our lunch.

But seriously readers, we had the most tremendous experience at a place called Yume. This is sushi with a difference. Japanese cuisine meets Western gastronomy – all presented in a vibey, relaxed diner-type atmosphere.

The menu is enormous with the normal Japanese fare. But then there’s the spiced up, out-of-the ordinary, uber-exciting items such as springbok carpaccio or salmon, strawberry and cream cheese rolls. Can you imagine those flavours together?

They’ve also comprehensively catered for the vegetarian with items like the Kimono Roll – Tamago (sweet omelette), peppadew, chive, and cream cheese amongst dozens of others.

As most people know, who have taken a little trouble to learn about Japanese cuisine, sushi starts with good rice, perfectly cooked, cooled, flavoured and packed – not too tightly, just enough to hold it’s shape. Yume’s chef (Mike) has it spot-on. The rest of the ingredients were as fresh as any I’ve experienced.

We tried several dishes, including one or two of the more exotic items like seared chilli tuna sashimi and tempura California roll and there were actual taste explosions in the mouth. No, really.

The staff was friendly, from manager to waitress and the service was prompt, friendly and efficient.

This quality and service doesn’t come cheap though. Our meal for two, including drinks came to just over R350, so for us this will be a treat rather than the let’s-go-for-a-quick-bite occasion. However, if you want to confidently take friends or clients for superb sushi in a hospitable atmosphere Yume is the place.

Category
# out of 10 Notable Points
Perceived target market
*
Middle to upmarket diner. Couples, families, informal business meals. Japanese/Western fusion
Date & Time of visit
*
3 August 2010 16:30
Welcome/greeting
9
Greeting was genuine and warm.
Manager visible?
9
Yes. He checked more than once that all was well with us.
Quality of staff
10
Waitress was personable, good at sales. Chef was clearly skilled.
Ambiance
10
Although it was quiet at 4pm, the décor lends itself to a vibrant, informal meal.
Table appearance
10
Spotless, minimalist but attractive.
Menu variety & flexibility
10
Remarkable variety. I’m looking forward to trying the many dishes available.
Cleanliness
10
As all Sushi restaurants should be, Yume is impressively clean. Chef’s workstation was cleaned and tidied every few minutes.
Service
10
Faultless. Our special orders were prepared and served without error.
Promptness
10
Selecting from the conveyor is great but our specially made orders were prepared and served within 10 minutes.
Food – presentation
9
Simple but effective
Ingredient quality
10
With the Chef preparing most of the fare in front of us, we could find no fault.
Taste
10
From the subtleties of the more conventional offerings to the avant garde items – superb!
Delivered as advertised
10
Most definitely
Worth the spend
8
Yes! It’s not cheap. If it is quality you want, be prepared to pay for it. Yume delivers quality.
Worth going again
10
As soon as possible

Total Score

145

Out of 150

[Disclaimer]

I am not sponsored by, nor do I receive any benefit from any restaurant visited. This is a private individual’s opinion, based on several years restaurant and food experiences. You are encouraged to form your own opinions.

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Despite the banality of the name, FFC has led an intensely varied life. Grateful for surviving almost three years as a 'troepie' (soldier for non-South African Readers) in the Angolan war, he determined to wring as much out of life as possible. Currently providing Business Analysis services, trading on the stock market and developing web pages to pay the bills, FFC also dabbles in wildlife, landscape and people photography, writing, and far too many interests for his own good. He has also travelled extensively in southern Africa (working on the sound theory that a moving target is more dificult to hit). These peregrinations also include over 1500kms on foot through some of the worlds most spectacular scenery. It hasn't all been plain sailing, beer and skittles, and endless beds of roses... Chief amongst the prerequisites for surviving Africa, with its mind-bending characteristics, is an appropriate sense of humour.... So, for now, he will be recounting the amusing among the annoying, the frustrating wrapped in the funny and extracting the mirth from the melancholy... Oh yes, there might be some alliteration too.
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2 Responses to You, me, to Yume, right now. Yummy!

  1. Bill says:

    How on earth do you afford all this esoteric eating out? Dit moes lekker wees om ryk te wees. 😉

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