Welcome back to mmm-yoso!!!, a food blog. Cathy is writing today while Kirk and Ed(from Yuma) are busily preparing other posts for your future reading adventures.
The Mister and I had a few moments the other day and decided to stop into Yakyudori, which posts written by Kirk have appeared here more than a few times. The Mister and I have been here many times and I have also met here with clients, but just never posted.
It was pretty crowded when we got here, but there was no line waiting outside.
However, all the tables were being used, so we sat at the bar. A good view of the kitchen in action was the vantage point.
It wasn't quite time for the Yakitori portion of the menu to be served and the young man (above) was busily lighting the binchotan for the evening diners.
We each wanted some hot tea and ordered both (green and oolong) ($2 each). The heated cans were brought out first.
The kawasu, a cold dish, ($4) was brought out soon after. The ponzu sauce-marinated chicken skins were plentiful, refreshing and tasty. The spicy sprinkled topping (togarashi) adds depth to the dish.
Freshly made with pot-sticking crispiness, the gyoza ($4) are always good here.
An order of katsu chicken ($5) is almost always a given for us. The lightly fried crispiness leaves the chicken cooked on a skewer moist and with good flavor and is a quite large portion.
This time, we decided an order of takoyaki ($4.50) would be good, and it was. The minced octopus based cooked balls were laced with just a bit of batter/ginger/green onion filler and topped with the mayonnaise and gently moving bonito flakes.
All in all, a nice meal made up of appetizers. I hope you are having a good week!
Yakyudori 4898 Convoy Street San Diego 92111 (858) 268-8888 Website