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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    Japanese employees at a Japanese restaurant is a rare sight indeed, for some reason.

    Thanks for the report, Coheteboy. Unfortunately, I never got to eat at Yamabuki. The prices are close to Yamashiro in Hollywood, however.

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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    There are too many great sushi restaurants in SoCal that cost a lot less.Granted,it would be a nice place for someone from out of town to eat at.But I know of a LOT of great places that cost a lot less for great sushi...

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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    I agree with what pretty much everyone else has said about the restaurant, except the prices. If you go in there expecting to pay that amount, then it really isn't that bad. Having eaten at Katsuya at the Americana I can say that expensive Japanese dining isn't exactly limited to Disney restaurants. Quality-wise, though, Katsuya and Yamabuki are very similar, though I think Yamabuki wins because its service is simply bar-none compared to many other restaurants (Disney and non-Disney alike).

    Another thing that puts it ahead of other places is the Tetani (?) room. There aren't very many Disney restaurants that offer that kind of experience, and it's a shame that that's going to be lost.
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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    Yah, there are definitely places out there with comparable prices. Sushi Gen in Little Tokyo is pretty up there but solid. But yah, you're not gonna find the Disney Service there.

    I also went to Izakaya near Beverly Hills last week and that was INCREDIBLE. Two people bill was $70 and the items we got were definitely more unique.

    But I hope this report gave a chance for some of you to see what it was like and hopefully others can post a few final visit TR's here as well.


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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    Quote Originally Posted by Coheteboy View Post
    But I hope this report gave a chance for some of you to see what it was like[...]
    Kudos to you for providing that for us, especially people like myself who have never stepped foot in Yamabuki's.


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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    I ate there once, and thought it was delicious food, attractively presented, and also overpriced. Service was wonderful. A few photographs are at this link:


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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    Yum. I'll take the fatty tuna and spider roll if they have any.

    Nice report.
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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    They should move to DTD, where there is a lot more traffic.
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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    Thanks for the pics.

    5 minute wait at 9pm on a Saturday night, no wonder it's closing.


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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    The prices seem on par with more 'upscale' sushi place. Yamashiro and Matsuhisa come to mind, definitely not overpriced in terms of fine dining.

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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    Quote Originally Posted by brenden View Post
    The prices seem on par with more 'upscale' sushi place. Yamashiro and Matsuhisa come to mind, definitely not overpriced in terms of fine dining.

    Probably not when you talk about "fine dining", but I don't think anyone connects those dots when it comes to the Paradise Pier Hotel. And when you're on vacation, that really is a lot to be spending on food, especially in our current economic climate.

    But even at the fine dining prices, I think it would have done better in say disneyland hotel or downtown disney.


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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    Does anyone know what Disney is going to do with the location, if anything?
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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueSkyDriveBy View Post
    Does anyone know what Disney is going to do with the location, if anything?

    There are some rumors that a new character dining location will be created for Paradise Pier Hotel. There might be shuffling of locations so that PCH Grill moves into Yamabuki's space.

    It's all speculation right now.


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    Re: Yamabuki - A Final Visit

    It's been a few years since I've eaten there, but I really enjoyed PCH Grill. I once had this duck and goat cheese quesadilla with BBQ sauce that I loved there.
    There will probably be some mixed oppinions about this, but for sushi I really enjoy Kabuki. They seem to have restaurants all over southern California and they're reasonably priced. Maybe they could put one in DTD sometime?
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    Cool report, even if I'm not a sushi fan. BTW, does anybody know what (if anything) will be replacing it?

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