November 5, 2011
If you like sushi, you have to try Sushi Yama on W. Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton, FL. It’s a little hidden, back in the corner of a large plaza, and you may have to wait for a table, but it is worth looking and waiting for. A fellow South Jersey friend and I decided to try the place out for dinner and were extremely satisfied with our meal. We went a little overboard with the ordering; we wanted to try everything and would have if given the opportunity. We started out with a traditional Japanese appetizer Edamame, something that is hard to mess up. These were extra good though, not too salty and each pod held pretty big soy beans. Next up we tried the Papaya Salad, which had chopped green papaya with carrots, tomatoes, and peanuts mixed with a spicy Oriental sauce. Two grilled shrimp accompanied the salad. That was really good, too; a little on the spicy side, but really refreshing and different than your quintessential Asian salad. Then came our sushi order (please note that we did take half of this food home with us – we aren’t that gluttonous!)
This place has three sections of sushi on their menu: Sushi Rolls, Special Rolls, and Super Signature Rolls. We decided this dinner was in celebration of our successful new lives in Florida so we went big and ordered only Special and Super Signature Rolls.
We paid homage to our location and got the Boca Raton Roll. This one was really unique as it was rolled in buckwheat noodles and seaweed instead of rice. Inside was tuna, salmon, hamachi, asparagus, avocado and scallion. It was good, not my favorite of the bunch, but definitely good. I liked the taste of the noodles and seaweed outer layer. It was a nice break from the rice.
We also got the Hurricane Roll, which was salmon, crab, seaweed salad, avocado, cucumber and roe, wrapped in rice and topped with cooked shrimp. I liked this one too, the shrimp on top was a nice touch.
We wanted to try one of the rolls that didn’t have rice so we got the Sashimi Roll. It was okay, probably my least favorite out of all the rolls we got. Basically it was a bunch of vegetables wrapped in different types of fish: salmon, tuna, yellow tail, and white fish. There was a little bit of seaweed salad and a homemade sauce drizzled on top. It was the most refreshing out of everything so it was nice to take a bite of one of these in-between other rolls.
Super Signature Rolls
We wanted to make sure we got a little bit of everything in all of the sushi we ordered. When we realized we hadn’t picked anything with eel yet, we were drawn to the Green Dragon. This roll had eel, tuna, asparagus, cucumber, scallion and green tomato, wrapped in rice and topped with avocado. This one was delicious; eel is one of my favorites.
We got the monster of all sushi rolls. It was the very last one listed, so we assumed it’s probably their master piece. When it came out to the table, we were sure of it. The Lobster Bomb was amazing! The presentation was so cool. In the middle of the plate was an upright lobster tail, which I pretty much devoured because lobster tempura is just delicious. The roll included lobster tail tempura, avocado, cucumber, lettuce, and roe, wrapped in rice topped with crunchy flake and a special sauce.
We each had about 2 or 3 of each roll and took the rest home. It was so much food! But it was all so delicious. I definitely recommend the Lobster Bomb as your first choice when you go! That was my favorite, then the Green Dragon, followed by the Boca Raton, Hurricane, and Sashimi rolls.
This was probably the best dinner I’ve had since being down here, and I’ve had some pretty amazing meals. Check out Sushi Yama and tell me what you get when you go!