Koyomi

19 06 2011
Atmosphere: 4/5   ♦   Service: 4/5   ♦   Food Quality: 3/5   ♦   Value:3/5
Times Visited: Twice  ♦   Will I Return?:  Yes Please
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New sushi place in town? I’m there. What’s different about Koyomi? Well, maybe not a whole lot. But I like it anyway.

Koyomi is located in a tiny strip mall that borders the sidewalk in Castro Valley across the street from the mini golf place. It’s got a nice big sign; you can’t miss it. And inside they’ve really made it look slick. Hardwood floors, comfy chairs, big screen tvs above the bar, and… double crown molding around the perimeter of the top of the walls. You read correctly. Double. This place is serious.

dining room

Inside Koyomi Sushi in Castro Valley.

Between the classy Frank Sinatra playing in the background and the new picture-friendly menus, I really like this place. The menu is pretty standard for a sushi place offering appetizers, sushi/sashimi, combinations, udon noodle dishes, full dinners, and a variety of sushi rolls. The service is great and the food is pretty dang good as well. The first time I came here, I enjoyed a sushi/sashimi plate that was quite good. We also shared a pan fried calamari just like the ones we enjoyed in Japan. Boyfriend enjoyed the squid immensely, but I thought it was a bit too bland and a bit too tough; it didn’t stand its ground against its Japanese counterparts.

sashimi platter

Sashimi plate from Koyomi.

squid

Pan fried squid -- no breading or deep frying here!

The second time, I ordered tempura udon, which was perfect. Boyfriend enjoyed a bowl of seafood udon both times; I think he’s set. The seafood selection in the udon was quite extensive and very yummy.

udon

Udon and tempura behind.

udon

Seafood udon ruling with an iron bowl.

Both times we were at Koyomi the servers were very friendly and the service was exemplary (read: we always had refills on our water). Also, the server (owner?) indicated that they acquire much of their produce from the local farmer’s market (she didn’t specify if it was the Hayward one or the CV one), which is nice to know — yeay for local stuff! And already boasting a 4-star average with 23 Yelp reviews, I’d say Koyomi is coming along nicely. The only thing they need now is their own website… which I think they’re working on. Yeay for sushi and yeay for Koyomi!

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