Ladies Who Brunch

Sunday Sushi at Usagi Ya by disastercouch
December 6, 2010, 11:18 pm
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Spicy Tuna Tataki, Summer, Snow Ball

Usagi Ya is solid neighborhood spot featuring two beautiful semi-private window boxes for group dining.  Fans of lapine samurai Usagi Yojimbo  might guess that the name is Japanese for Rabbit House, an apt descriptor for its cozy environs on Sunday, when we gobbled down their Spicy Tuna Tataki (spicy tuna, tempura shrimp, and avocado wrapped in seared tuna), Summer (jalapeno, cilantro, avocado, tuna and yellowtail), Snow Ball (white truffle sauce, white tuna, scallion), and Fire (not pictured, a tempura battered tuna roll in a bath of chili oil) rolls.  Really nice sushi, lovingly presented.  We love that you order using the sushi checklist cards that are becoming less and less common these days.  We also tried one non-sushi appetizer, apparently their house speciality, beef tataki, consisting of very rare thin sliced beef with seaweed and a ponzu sauce.  Very simple and really really good, in true Japanese fashion.  It was very quiet on a Sunday afternoon, which hardly surprised us, but the stripped down team provided extremely courteous and quick service, and we were able to use a dining coupon by showing them the deal on our smartphone.  The space is attractive, with some… interesting …local art displayed on the walls.  We’ll have to see it fully lit on a busy night to see how the restaurant measures up to its hidden urban sushi bar promise.


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