For travelers staying in or venturing to downtown West Palm Beach, you have picked a wonderful time to visit the city. West Palm Beach is reaching a pinnacle of sorts, especially when it comes to the dining scene. Never has there been a more eclectic selection of great restaurants to choose from.
You can count on two hands the number of great restaurants and bars in City Place. The Northwood neighborhood has hip and trendy spots that are sure to impress, pushing the envelope of what restaurants traditionally prepare and serve.
And then you have Clematis Street, which has traditionally been a nightlife destination. Yet the strip has seen its number of delicious eateries spike in the last three to five years. Recently, the street's second sushi-centric restaurant opened.
At Sushi Yama, there's more on the menu than just tasty sushi rolls — Photo courtesy of Sushi Yama
Sushi Yama gained a great reputation and following from its original Boca Raton location. Heavy praised was placed upon the restaurant's fast service, delicious rolls and innovative takes on traditional Florida seafood dishes.
The Clematis Street location looks to build upon this, as well as differentiate itself from Kabuki, which has dominated the West Palm Beach sushi market for most of recent history.
To start with, Sushi Yama has three sushi roll designations. The traditional sushi roll selection features favorites like the California Roll, Spicy Crab, Spicy Tuna and the Sunrise/Sunset rolls.
Then, there are the special rolls. A few that have gained notoriety are the Mexican Roll (shrimp tempura and spicy mayo) and the Hurricane Roll (salmon, crab salad & avocado w/ baked shrimp topper).
The rolls that make great photo ops are on the super signature list. These mounds of sushi feature a multitude of seafood, sauces and extras piled on top. They can be meals in themselves.
Unlike other sushi joints that really just focus on the rolls, Sushi Yama makes it a point to differentiate itself by offering seafood entrees with a Japanese flair – items that could become personal favorites if you have the gumption to veer from the sushi menu.
The Volcano Shrimp topped with Asian chili sauce will have your eyes watering but your stomach patting you on the back. (It's possible.)
The Florida Lobster is prepared in such a way that makes it stand out from the regular old spice-less preparation offered by many of the local seafood restaurants.
If you're looking to dine in West Palm Beach and you're craving seafood, then Sushi Yama needs to be on your list of places to check out.
The sushi rolls are innovative and prepared with only the freshest (shell)fish available. The seafood entrees, prepared in line with Japanese cooking methods, must be sampled.
Top off your meal with some authentic sake, and you'll be in business.