Sushi Yokohama has opened up in Cosimo’s Plaza on Western Ave, taking the place of San & Bada Sushi. San & Bada shut down sometime last year.
This was a turnkey operation as nothing has changed at all, décor-wise at Sushi Yokohama. The bucket of menus is still out front.
Sushi prices are on par with local prices, but the ‘specialty’ rolls are $8-15 each, with about 2 that are $7.50. That and they seem really over the top for someone who normally keeps things simple. For those tuna lovers there’s a Tuna Blanca Jumbo Roll for $14.95 that has “Spicy tuna, spicy white tuna, shrimp, crunch and kani, top with white tuna and avocado”. Wow, that’s a lot of tuna.
Sushi and Sashimi are 2 pieces per order and about $4. Not too bad. Basic rolls range $3.50-$4.95, with the majority of prices at $4.50. I had a few rolls that were ok, but they had a tendency to fall apart, or threaten to. Funny thing is, the rice is very sticky. Oh, and the crab is imitation crab. I wish places would just call it krab or surimi or something to denote it. Overall though, they were ok for a sushi fix and cheap.
I recently had a lunch box special. Their menu says they are $8.50 each, but I saw in one of the Guilderland Town publications (look, it was there, and I can’t resist the coupons in magazines, even if I might never use them) that they are $5.99. If you tell them you saw the ad, they will charge you this lower price with no problem. I got the sushi lunch box, as you can see. It came in a cute plastic bento container. Snaps for the disposable bento container! That was awesome! I really didn’t like getting a Styrofoam container when I’d order bento lunch boxes from other places around here, but I’d resigned myself to it – what a nice surprise!
The fish looks great. Tuna, Salmon, and I believe 2 pieces of fluke, or some kind of white fish. However, the first fluke was kind of ‘oh crap is this a bit past its prime?’, but the second piece was decent. The last time I had salmon here it was a little gamey, but nothing I couldn’t handle. This time, their salmon was good, as was the tuna. But they sure didn’t suffer from a good dousing of soy sauce and wasabi either. Also, they’re long pieces that drape over the rice! So cute and awesome!
The bento also came with a side salad, 1 gyoza, 1 shumai, and 2 pieces of tempura – sweet potato and shrimp. The tempura were great – very light and even had their own sweet dipping sauce. The gyoza wasn’t that great, but, hey, I ate it. The shumai was pretty much a mushy blob, but it got taste bud snaps for having a vague seafood flavor.
The box also came with the usual tub of miso soup, which was really strong and had a good flavor to it. I think they might use more bonito flakes in their base, or a different kind of miso, but I really like it. It tastes different, and I like it. (Man, I hope I don’t get proven wrong and it’s just Kikkoman from a bag).
Sushi Yokohama also has a deal from 4:30-8:30 pm (didn’t say what days) :
“All Sushi $1 per piece, *Rolls for $1 and ½ Price Drinks!”
*4 piece rolls. Select from: California, Tuna, Spicy Tuna, Spicy Salmon, Spicy Crab, Vegetable, Oshinko, Avocado Cucumber, Eel, Salmon or Sweet Potato Rolls.
OMG, OMG, OMG!!! Can you believe that?! That’s freakin’ crazy, AND it’s good for take out orders too!!! What is stopping you from sushi gluttony?!
Sushi Yokohama is at 1800 Western Ave (Cosimos Plaza), Albany, NY 12203.
Phone: 518-218-0388Open every day but Sunday, from 11:30-10(10:30 weekends) with a break from 3-4:30.