Absolutely the BEST sushi secret for true aficionados, but don't expect snazzy decor, exceptional personable service, a wacky choices.
FOOD: Very traditional offerings. You wont see those gimicky "Special Flying Rainbow Dragon Spider Cucamungablahblahblah rolls" etc. and other gimicks - liquid nitrogen blahblah, uni-shooters, floating boats, etc. You get the freshest cuts of fish, perfectly cooked and seasoned rice, PERFECT sizing of the fish in relation to the rice ball, perfect amount of hand pressure when the rice ball is formed so that it falls apart in just the right way just as you eat it; consistent quality, traditional plating.
PRICE: OMG! This place hasn't changed it's prices since the 80s I think! The lunch special is the best deal in town.
ATMOSPHERE: The fact that this place is a dump is testament to the quality of the sushi. Don't get me wrong, the place is absolutely CLEAN and hygienic and there's nothing gross about the layout (they do NOT have stuff like the entrance to the bathroom right in front of dining room or a janitor's closet facing the dining room, etc. ... ) There's nothing to spoil your appetite. It's just that it hasn't been renovated since it was established I'm sure. The place literally has no windows and feels like it's in a basement - except for the expanded annex room that feels like one of those trailers that overcrowded elementary schools use for classrooms. The flooring is uneven so watch your step so you don't trip! "Yoko" must be the Japanese word for "Hole in the wall". They don't even have background music; there's no pond with fish in it, there's no Japanese art, no statue of a samurai warrior, etc. - all the decor that a lot of other places have. It's just a place in the barest sense. Probably not the best place for a first date, but great otherwise esp for families.
Also the fact that it is ALWAYS crowded is testament to the quality of the meals. There is reason for that mile long bench in the long hallway entrance that leads up to the actual entrance to the dining room, but just go a little early or later for lunch or dinner times, and you'll avoid a wait. Even if you do wait, the turnover is fast and there's a Japanese grocery store that is connected that you can shop/browse in to kill time.
Also, the fact that most patrons are Japanese is telling in my opinion.
SERVICE: Attentive, prompt, efficient, accurate, and helpful. Don't expect friendly banter, smiles, jokes, kimono's, etc. There's nothing negative per se; they are not surly or anything. You just won't make a new friend amongst the staff if that's what you want in a sushi restaurant. The just serve - and do it well.
PARKING: Ample and free.
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