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“Sashimi Road: Grade C-”
Review of Yamato Oriental Restaurant - CLOSED

Yamato Oriental Restaurant
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Niceville, Florida
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8 reviews
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“Sashimi Road: Grade C-”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

The Sashimi Highway (continued) :
I have been to Yamato's many times over many years and have found it to be inconsistent as a whole over the years, but recently over the last few months I have found more of a consistency with their fish. In the past I often found the fish not as fresh as currently, but smelly and limp.
The atmosphere is old and getting more run down and needs to be cleaned and aired out. It's not disgusting, but with the hibachi activities and lack of good ventilation, the smells and steam/smoke from cooking have infiltrated the atmosphere and furniture. It is clean, but definitely needs to have things replaced and create better ventilation.
The staff is terrific. They are friendly and accommodating. Sometimes there is not enough staff and you get past over or forgotten, but they are always helpful and smiling.
The Sashimi I ordered was salmon roe, squid, white tuna, and octopus. tasted fresh or prepared well except the octopus. The octopus was rubbery. It is hard to cook octopus and keep it from becoming too rubbery or chewy.
The preparation of the Sashimi was not up to par. Most of the pieces were still connected to the other piece, making it like a train of fish. The chef needs to either sharpen her knives or learn how to cut through the fish. Maybe she is too busy to be thorough. Also, this is the first place that just piled the salmon roe up instead of serving it on a lemon slice, or cucumber. When you eat salmon roe with chop sticks, it can take some time without having it placed on something you can pick up and slide the roe into your mouth. Also, this is the only place that I found which cuts Sashimi into little pieces. The quantity is fine, but the pieces are really too small for Sashimi.

Atmosphere =2
Location = 3
Service = 3 Although friendly and kind, they sometimes are preoccupied
Quality = 2 Inconsistent
Knife Skills = 2 Received Sashimi in pieces too small and attached to each other
Cost = 3 Average

* You may ask why I write about Sashimi: If your Sashimi is good, so will your sushi because it is the basis for sushi and other dishes.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank JRoser
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Destin
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Restaurant is OK”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Been in twice and have not been back. I was not impressed enough to return. There are too many very good to excellent restaurants in the area to call this restaurant above average.

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Thank Ed H
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IL
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258 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

There were no complaints from our group of four. We opted to eat at the hibachi side of the restaurant. 3 ordering chicken and myself ordering filetignon. The soup was flavorful, salad fresh, fried rice perfect, veggies delicious, and the meats were moist and cooled to our liking. We visit the area once or twice a year on a vacation and always seem to come here one time during our visit. Prices are average for this type of restaurant in the area.

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1 Thank Hoosierfan_7
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Jacksonville, Florida
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359 reviews
297 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
“Wow!”
Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

I have been going to Yamato's in Ft. Walton and Pensacola for 30 years. It is the best Sushi Resturant in North America. I have a Yamato menu that I keep in the car and take to other Sushi Resturants in other cities to have them create the rolls. They are never as good as Yamato. Order the Val's roll ( named after a long ago customer) and the Toshi Roll ( named after a formerSushi chef at Pensacola and Ft. Walton in the 80's). Go!

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2 Thank nole38
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Bronxville
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7 reviews
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“Hibatchi with Sashimi 1st”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Great hibatchi - I had filet mignon and scallops. The chef was terrific - technique and floor show. We gave him a "10". Be sure to start the meal with some sashimi. Have a dialog with the sushi bar for the best selection. Drink - hot saki, of course!

Visited August 2012
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