The Square Meal review is based on the old Yoshino, one that I used to love.
Now the menu has changed (for the worse), the service has declined, the food is half as good as it used to be and the prices have gotten steeper!
- Instead of sashimi & roll sets, their chicken bento box or teriyaki salmon bento box, they have “wagyu beef teppanyaki” sets. I wonder if they think they can charge exorbitant prices just because of the name wagyu. Anyway, after ordering a set, the waitress didn't ask how we would like it done which started ringing alarm bells. Then when the steak came, it was drenched in pepper, so overpowering it was inedible.
- The maki selection had no salmon, no cucumber, no egg, no kampyo, but instead they had “sun-dried vegetable tempura roll”, “fresh tomato roll tempura” and “traditional maki roll”. The sun-dried vegetable roll was mushy ratatouille in maki-form but was terribly bland. The fresh tomato tempura roll was supposed to be crispy on the outside, but came soggy and oily. Also, it says three pieces but they brought two! And the ‘traditional maki roll’ had egg, tomato, spinach and a fourth mystery item – not exactly traditional…
Looking at the menu, I can see they want to increase their profit margin by including wagyu beef and switching to vegetarian options at the same price as fish rolls and giving them fancy names. That might work if they cooked it properly, but they didn't. It makes me think the chefs on the day were not up to the job.
Yoshino, please please please change your menus, go back to doing what you did so well before. If you want inspiration, go to Eat Tokyo. Their selection is huge but still tasty!