I wanted to try Kabuki Japanese Restaurant in Fremont, but it's a good thing I checked Yelp.
They've closed. So, I did a Google search and found Sushi Yat, which had a number of good customer reviews.
Sushi Yat appears to be rather an old soul, a well-worn small restaurant hidden in a shopping area.
It's dark inside, with aging trappings, and doesn't feel very welcoming ... until you get used to the place.
Their menus are all busted up, wrinkled, dog-eared, and look like they've been used thrice too often. The take-out menu was clean, however. According to the waitress, they do good call-in business.
Upon being situated in our booth, the first thing I noticed was that the table was sticky. Clean, but sticky. You expect sticky tables at pancake houses, and barbecue joints, but not in a Japanese restaurant. Come to think of it, so was the lacquered bento box that my meal was served in.
So she ordered Nabe Udon, which is brewed with a variety of vegetables, shrimp tempura and an egg in broth with fat udon noodles. Her verdict, not intense enough, it needs more flavor.
I had a lunch bento. They offer two items for $7.99, three for $9.99, and four for $11.99. You choose from a list of 24 items that ranges from chicken teriyaki to tuna sashimi, … tonkatsu to fried oyster … croquette to vegetable sushi roll … California roll to seafood katsura, and quite a few other choices.
They also offer 16 lunch specials. It's quite an extensive selection list, and I haven't even mentioned the variety of sushi rolls, or their dinner menu yet.
For my lunch bento, I had fried oysters, tuna sashimi, chicken teriyaki, and tempura (prawn, potato, eggplant, carrot and zucchini). A fresh green salad, a bowl of miso soup, and a bowl of rice accompanied, along with some chili vinegar dip and the usual tempura dip.
The principal items were good, except that the chicken teriyaki sauce was a bit bland. The miso soup was also thin, apparently they were a little stingy on the miso. The rice was a little dry and hard.
All in all, it was okay. I got to try a new place, but probably won't go back. There are, I'm sure many better Japanese restaurants in the area.
Sushi Yat: 3353 Walnut Ave. Phone (510) 793-8780.