Yamamoto Japanese Cuisine

About: This AYCE opened in early 2013 in Market Village up in Markham, ON. It's rather spacious inside with a lot of seating space, and decorated with red paper lanterns all throughout the restaurant. 

Price: The price is reasonable as dinner (adults) is $21.99 (Mon-Thurs) and $23.99 (Fri-Sun/Holidays).

Menu: The menu is rather extensive with plenty of items to choose from. The list consists of hundred of items under the following categories; appetizers, tempura, sashimi, sushi, sushi pizza, hand rolls, chef's recommendations, grilled food, fried items, rice & noodles, and desserts. The ordering process was simply a sheet of paper and pencil and each table got about 3 sheets. Additionally, it is great that you can order pieces individually (1 piece per order) so that way portion size is under your control.

 Food: I'd say that the overall quality of the sashimi and sushi was above average for an AYCE joint. Their sashimi selection was standard with nine fish to choose from (sake salmon, tai red snapper, white tuna, mackerel, hokkigai, tataki, tako, herb salmon and albacore BC tuna). Some of the sashimi were sliced thicker than others, but that didn't really affect the taste. Both the salmon roses (salmon sashimi wrapped around chopped ika) and tiger roll (spider roll top with fresh mango & avocado) were quite popular with our table. Both of the dishes were executed well and there was a good ratio of fish and rice. In terms of cooked food; they have the staples that are often available at AYCE places. Out of all of the items, I enjoyed the steak, fried scallops, kalbi (beef ribs), grilled mussels, and chicken teriyaki the most. Personally, I didn't really like their beef udon or fried chicken cutlet, but most items were tasty.

I was extremely pleased with their dessert menu. It was incredibly extensive with mango yoghurt, tiramisu, mango pudding, green tea pudding, durian mousse, chocolate mousse, ginger milk, creme brulee, fried banana, and six different flavors of ice-cream. My favorite dessert of all time has to be crème brûlée so I was very happy!

Service: The place was fully packed that Thursday night, but I have to commend the service. The food came out pretty fast and our dirty plates were cleared quite often. There was a slight mix-up where we didn't get our two orders of kalbi but that was quickly corrected when we bought it up.

 Yamamoto Japanese Cuisine is pretty far for me, as I don't frequent the Markham area very often. However, I thought that it was a pretty good AYCE with its large menu selection, good food, and quick service.


 RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$

Address: 4390 Steeles Avenue E Markham, ON M1V 4S5

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