Yume

Posted by Ted on Aug 14, 2009 in Food & Drinks

On Park Street in Alameda, between a nail salon and a gift shop is an unassuming open door. Stairs lead up to a small landing with 6 chairs and a tasteful Ikebana, an arrangement of fresh-cut flowers below a painting, meant to calm and focus the mind. Despite the fact that their stated hours are open until 9:30p, they turned their sign around to closed right after we showed up at about 7p. We waited patiently outside for an hour and a half as the three couples ahead of us slowly replaced those leaving. Yume doesn’t take reservations, and they don’t seat parties of more than 2 people, with good reason.

Dining here is an intimate experience. A sushi bar with just 8 seats, there could be no room for larger parties. Sushi master Hideki Aomizu stands behind the bar. and with exquisite skill, takes diners on a tailored gastronomic ride. He smiles as he says “I have just the thing for you”. His wife, Yoriko, makes sure that people have tea and sake, and takes any orders bound for the kitchen. The quality of the fish is excellent, and the cuts are generous. Real crabmeat and fresh-ground wasabi are but two of the touches that make this restaurant a place where one can easily become a regular. Just be sure to get there early.

Yume Sushi
1428 Park Ave. Alameda, CA 94501
Hours Wed – Sat 5PM – 9:30PM
Closed Sun & Mon & Tue

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An adventurer at heart, Ted Beatie is at his happiest when he’s off the beaten path. His deepest passion is sharing the world through photography and writing, found at The Pocket Explorer. He is also managing editor for Rolf Potts' Vagabonding, where he curates a Case Study series. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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