Yu Sushi Izagaya quick-lunch

Apart from the title of the entry, I won’t be using the full name of this handsome establishment, and I won’t be able to report on the sushi aspect of it other than by appearance. There were three experts working at the sushi counter and everything appeared to be beautiful and fresh. The few sitting there yesterday during the noon-hour had the full attention of those on the other side of the bar.

This handsome space is one that will be even more attractive in the evening. The soundscape seems to be custom designed and incorporates a lot of techno aspects mashed up with other genres faintly in the background. It is not distracting. The napkins are cloth and of a generous size. I think that the waitperson asked whether we’d like to have salt and pepper (and perhaps some other addition) brought to the table, which I thought was amusing; we said that we’d trust the chef.

The luncheon and dinner menus are completely different. I forgot to ask whether they change frequently, but I suppose that they do, in accordance with market availability. I did notice that the evening menu has many charcoal-grilled dishes.

The miso that came to the table at lunch yesterday was beautiful and tasty. Floating in the broth were cubes of tofu in a perfect size, plus tiny enoki mushrooms, and parts of dark leaves of some green, along with rings of scallions or chives. There were two orders of dumplings at our table, both delicious, with five examples to an order priced at $5 and worth every penny: gyoza (pan-fried pork dumplings) and shumai (elegant shrimp dumplings). We shared an order of curry udon. One person should never, ever order one of the udon or ramen dishes for solo consumption. This order arrived pretty as a picture in a giant bowl of broth, fat round noodles (udon), and lots of vegetables artistically presented, along with two skewers of appetizing bits of grilled chicken. We were not hungry for the rest of the day!

As with McCormick & Schmick’s, the bar fronts on the street, with a lot of fenestration bringing in daytime sunlight, and must have a very different appearance in the evening. There are exotic sinks in the restrooms, with automatic taps and a surface that slants away at about a 45-degree angle. They disconcert some people.

Someone told me that Yu Sushi bears some relationship to Sushi Sake up north. If so, I suspect that Yu is missing a bet by not offering some of the Sushi Sake menu during the weekday-only lunch hours; I think that downtown workers would swarm there if there were more items more familiar to more people.

If there’s an on-line presence for this establishment, I haven’t found it, so here are some details: 206 Colorado Street, telephone 708-8887, facsimile 708-8886. I did find some evocative on-line photographs, apparently taken by the manager. I look forward to returning to try the dinner menu.

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