I love Japanese food but have lost my interest in-all-you-can-eat sushi concepts, so I started a quest for Rotterdam’s best non-all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurant. After hearing lots of positive stories I put Yama at the top of my list.
However, visiting Yama is easier said than done. You need to make your reservation about three months in advance as they are always full. I think this adds to the experience, having all this time to look forward to that special day.
Earlier this year it was finally time to visit Yama—exciting! We sat at the counter to see the chef work his magic on the seven-course menu, making me feel like a real connoisseur. The dishes were unbelievable taste explosions, all immaculately served (worth being photographed but I decided not to as this would completely ruin the serene ambiance). The sushi was my favorite, especially the tuna belly, but the deep fried oyster and soft grilled octopus were also hard to beat.
Of course you can’t eat Japanese without sake, so we had the sake pairing menu and tried a different type with every dish. Made me a bit wobbly on my feet by the end of the evening, but definitely worth it!
Please note: Yama takes reservations during set moments. Keep an eye on the website (or Facebook) to find out when & how they take reservations. As I said before, you need to plan well in advance but it is so worth it!