I went to Yamato for dinner last month. It’s been quite a number of years since I’ve been and I wasn’t sure what to expect.
For starters, we ordered small Ebi Tempura ($5.95), which consisted of 4 pieces of tempura battered shrimp. They were alright. The batter was decently crispy and not too greasy. The oil that the tempura shrimp was fried in seemed pretty fresh. I wish the batter was a little bit lighter. My favourite place for tempura in Calgary is actually Wa’s Japanese Restaurant as their batter is much lighter.
For mains, we ordered the Sushi and Sashimi Combo ($18.50) and the Assorted Sashimi ($16.95). The Sushi and Sashimi Combo consisted of 7 pieces of nigiri sushi and around 9-10 pieces of sashimi. It was great that there was variety of different nigiri sushi and sashimi in this combo. The sushi and sashimi pieces were a decent size and tasted pretty fresh. It was definitely better than our experience at O Shima awhile back.
From the cooked item menu, we ordered the Oyako Don ($9.75), which consisted of grilled chicken with egg and onions on top of rice. This dish was meh. The chicken was a little dry and bland and there wasn’t a lot of flavour overall. I probably wouldn’t order this dish again.
Overall, I thought the food at Yamato’s was ok. It’s not my favourite sushi place but I’ve had much worse elsewhere. The one thing that is making me a bit hesitant to go back though is the service. It seems like service at Yamato’s can bit hit or miss depending on which server you get. Originally, the server who seated us was quite rude and impatient but later we ended up having a different server for most of the evening. Fortunately, the second server was much more friendly and pleasant. That really turned our dining experience around. I couldn’t even imagine what our dining experience might have been like had we been stuck with the original server. I don’t know if I’d rush to go back to Yamato’s again any time soon given that there are now several sushi restaurants in Northwest Calgary to choose from.
Yamato Japanese Restaurant
3616 52 Ave NW