We’re always hopeful that a subsequent visit will improve our impression of a restaurant. Three years on from our first overly salty and lacklustre visit to Yebisu Izakaya, we return for its proximity to desserts options in Regent Place. It’s stuck around for three years, so they must be doing something correct, right?
To start, N and T have Agedashi Tofu ($9.80). Not one for tofu, I pass on the dish, but N laments that the tofu was not silky and tasted just like the premade cold tofu dipped in batter then fried. Perhaps the high price they charge is the key to their success?
Not impressed with their Chirashi Don the first time we visited, this time I fill up on Tuna Hosomaki ($5.80 for 6 pieces) and Salmon Hosomaki ($5.80 for 6 pieces). They sell cucumber hosomaki too for the same price, but why eat vegetables when you can eat raw fish? Hosomaki is one my comfort foods being delicious bite size morsels, although no one I know seems to understand my love for them.
Here, the hosomaki satisfy my craving, although there is more rice and less fish than I’d like to each roll and the fish isn’t flavourful, which was a problem replicated in N’s sushi lunch set.
Overall, we see no reason for the high prices commanded by Yebisu Izakaya. Other customers must see it differently.
Yebisu Izakaya is located at 10/501 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000