The best Japanese food in all of San Diego

“Breaking The Magician’s Code” was a short-lived television show in which Val Valantino hid behind a mask and revealed the secrets that magicians use to trick us.  No surprise, but it aired on Fox TV.

I am about to reveal the secret shared by all foodies in North County – that of the best Japanese food in all of San Diego.  I am about be scorned by the endless line of people that wait so patiently on Friday or Saturday evenings (as Yu Me Ya does not take reservations), and the savvy few who have learned to call during the week when they do take reservations. You see, it is always packed at Yu Me Ya as there are just eight tables and a small seater bar area. It is a family run restaurant with dad cooking in the kitchen and the two daughters engaging with the customers.

They have a couple of sushi rolls on the menu, but what differentiates this restaurant, are the traditional Japanese dishes.  Some of the items that you will not want to miss are the:

·         Carpaccio (Spicy tuna), avocado on wonton skin

·         Fresh seaweed salad with citrus soy sauce

·         Mushroom salad with house dressing

·         Sautéed shishito green peppers

·         Fried yam with ume mayonnaise

·         Broiled black cod with Kyoto miso flavor

·         Salmon Ginger Teriyaki Bowl

Fresh seaweed salad with citrus soy sauce
Fresh seaweed salad with citrus soy sauce
Carpaccio (Spicy tuna), avocado on wonton skin
Carpaccio (Spicy tuna), avocado on wonton skin
Mushroom salad with house dressing
Mushroom salad with house dressing
Broiled black cod with Kyoto miso flavor
Broiled black cod with Kyoto miso flavor
Spicy tuna in shishito pepper
Spicy tuna in shishito pepper
Sansai (Japanese wild vegetables) udon noodles
Sansai (Japanese wild vegetables) udon noodles
Fried yam with ume mayonnaise
Fried yam with ume mayonnaise

·         Chicken Kushi-Katsu

·         Sansai (Japanese wild vegetables) udon noodles

While you may come for the food, you should stay for the sake.  Besides having a fantastic selection of sake, your experience at Yu Me Ya Sake house should include a flight of premium sake and the presentation that goes with it (I won’t spoil it for you).

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