Racecourse Road has been hurtin' for sushi for a number of years; a dearth obviously noted by local entrepreneurs, who proceeded to open a pair of sushi restaurants more or less simultaneously, and more or less directly opposite each other. Usually, this type of close competition would ensure high quality and low prices for sushi fans.
Sushi Yatto, while offering much in the way of funky-fresh décor and friendly service, failed to deliver on almost every aspect of their sushi; sadly, the only criteria we judge. We sampled tuna rolls from the case, and some teriyaki chicken rolls that were made to order.
The nori was tough and chewy, the rice very dry, and there was entirely too much filling – which in turn was dry and tasted of nothing in particular. There really wasn’t anything nice to say about those tuna rolls, so with hope in our hearts, we moved on to the:
First impressions were that these rolls were extremely fresh (made while we waited), from very fresh ingredients. The lettuce was crisp, the nori was crisp, and the rice was soft. Then, of course, we noticed the problems. They were rolled loosely and carelessly. The chicken was over-cooked and dry, and the rolls, again, bordered on flavourless.
Overall, a big disappointment. Despite their obviously significant dollar investment, Yatto just can't hang with its competitors where it really counts: the sushi.