Saturday, 7 March 2020

Yukiyan, Cathays, Cardiff Japanese restaurant review

Located on the former site of Woodville Road’s Jalan Malaysia, Yukiyan Sushi's cartoon adorned walls give the place a fun, modern vibe. 

Their menu is certainly comprehensive, scarily so in fact. Running to five small-fonted pages, it includes a range of sushi, tempura, teriyaki, fried noodles, ramen and rice bowls. With so many dishes available, I was worried it might be a case of “Jack of all trades”. 

Mrs G slammed a couple of bottles of Sapporo (£3.75) whilst I remained designated driver for the night. 

Yasai tempura (£6.25) were gorgeously light and bubbly of batter and generous of portion. The tender mixed vegetables included green peppers, aubergines, enoki mushrooms, carrot and squash. 

Agedashi tofu (£5.85) was also enjoyably crunchy of coating. The soft, creamy and wobbly tofu pieces were bathed in a warm savoury broth. I quickly gave up on chopsticks, resorted to a spoon and then picked up the bowl to drink the leftovers. 

Inari sushi (£3.15), Mrs G’s perennial favourite, were given the thumbs up. The sweet soy-sauce simmered tofu pouches were stuffed with sushi rice with a nice bite. 

Spider maki (£8.55) were generously stuffed with crisp battered soft shell crab, saline pearls of flying fish roe, cucumber and avocado. 

California rolls (£6.25), stuffed with that familiar guilty pleasure of crab stick and mayonnaise, were the most average dish we ate but they were still good.

Finally, a big piece of soft, fatty and meaty grilled eel (£8.85) was bathed in a sweet, sticky and savoury teriyaki sauce. It was sat on a green salad laced with finely shredded omelette. 

We had a really tasty meal at Yukiyan. It’s another lovely Japanese restaurant in Cardiff which I’d gladly go back to anytime.

The Details:

Address - Yukiyan, 101 Woodville Rd, Cardiff CF24 4DY
Telephone - 029 2132 8992

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