100 Favorite Dishes 2015: Salmon "Yasu Style" at Yasu Sushi Bistro

100 Favorite Dishes 2015: Salmon "Yasu Style" at Yasu Sushi Bistro
Lauren Saria

This year we're marking the hundred-day countdown to Best of Phoenix 2015 by sharing some of our favorite dishes at restaurants all over the Valley. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria@newtimes.com.

26. Salmon "Yasu Style" at Yasu Sushi Bistro

This North Phoenix sushi restaurant is small in size. But what it lacks in square-footage, it more than makes up for with its menus of top-quality Japanese food. When you sit down, you're likely to be greeted with as many as a half-dozen different cartes du jour — there's the regular menu, the sushi menu, the special menu (sometimes more than one). Luckily for diners who don't want to have to wade through them all, there isn't a menu bad choice to be found on any of them. 

Chef Yasu Hashino's specialities include fresh sushi and sumibiyaki, or foods cooked over binchotan charcoal. Hashino is dedicated to finding and serving only the freshest seafood, which is part of the reason the restaurant always has such a lengthy list of specials.

If you sit at the sushi bar, you can let Hashino walk you through a menu of excellent sushi that might include a handroll made with fresh blue crab or something featuring ankimo, or monkfish liver pate. A don't-miss dish, however, is the salmon nigiri served "Yasu style," which means lightly seared and dressed with ponzu sauce. With nothing more than a sprinkle of finely sliced green onions, this dish achieves a subtle balance of sweet and clean flavors.    

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69. The 301 Pizza at Forno 301
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100 Favorite Dishes 2015: Salmon "Yasu Style" at Yasu Sushi Bistro
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