Back in my undergrad days, I had a part time job teaching on weekends. During the one hour lunch break, the three other instructors and I would traipse down York Road to Yamato Sushi. I've long since left that job, but I still go to Yamato.
Just off of Aylesbury Avenue in the shopping center, the unassuming eatery is home to warm, welcoming people and delicious, high quality sushi. The interior is tastefully decorated with beautiful porcelain geisha dolls, bamboo, orchids and soft watercolor paintings. It's a BYOB establishment and they don't charge a corking fee (so bring your own sake kiddies!).
Yamato offers a variety of appetizers and teriyakis, pad thai and chicken dishes for the non-sushi-lovers in your life. They also have lunch specials, and for a very reasonable price (between $6.95 and $13.95), your generously portioned entree comes with miso soup. My favorite is the shrimp tempura with California roll. For a measly ten bucks, you get miso soup and a bento box with shrimp tempura, California roll, rice and a small salad.
Of course, the main attraction is the beautiful, fresh sushi. They have more combination platters than you could shake a stick at. Or you could do what I do, order individual rolls a la carte. Their nigiri rolls - a rice ball with sashimi on top - include octopus, bean curd, salmon, mackerel, shrimp, red snapper, tuna and unagi (eel), to scratch the surface. I prefer maki rolls, which have the rice on the outside and the tasty fillings inside. Their maki selection includes cucumber, avocado, shittake mushroom, tuna, salmon, California, shrimp tempura, Rainbow roll and yellowtail scallion. Veggie rolls, by the way, are light, delicious, and refreshing when paired with a fish roll. Then, of course, there are the specialty rolls. These feature a variety of Yamato's signature fresh fish and veggies combined with spices and sauces for a delicious sushi experience.
Each sushi roll is beautifully plated and includes six to eight pieces per sushi roll. It may not seem like much, but that's a lot of sushi, and this is some filling food! There's plenty of pickled ginger and wasabi to go around, and the staff is prompt and friendly to answer questions or refill your beverage.
Don't think that because it's a sushi joint they forgot dessert! They offer mango sticky rice (complete with fresh mango), green tea and red bean ice cream, as well as their mochi counterparts. Mochi ice cream is a small ball of ice cream that has been wrapped inside a delicate rice flour dough and frozen. They're almost too cute to eat!
Next time you're craving sushi or you're wandering the Timonium area and hunger, strikes, give Yamato a try. You'll be back for more, I promise you.
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51 W. Aylesbury Road
Timonium, MD 21093