Surprisingly, we haven’t had sushi in almost 3 weeks, so we were definitely due for some tasty fish wrapped in rice.  Tonight, we decided to try Yama Taiyo Sushi in  Palm Harbor.

We know we always order too much sushi, so we told ourselves that we’re just going to order 5 rolls… and some salmon nigiri.

Loren started off with a salad.  Unfortunately, our waitress slipped away before he could ask for a fork.  His chopstick skills are improving though.

When our waitress brought the sushi, she very quietly said what was on the plates and then left.  I thought I heard her say “spicy” something and I knew we hadn’t ordered anything spicy.

Sure enough, instead of the Mexican roll I had ordered, they gave us a spicy salmon roll.  We were able to flag down another of the wait staff and they gave us the spicy salmon at no charge and also brought out the Mexican roll.  Loren liked the spicy salmon roll.  He said it wasn’t overly spicy, but had good flavor.  The Snow Crab roll was quite tasty.  You can definitely taste the crab and it had a good texture.  Same with the Special Scallop roll.  The Rainbow roll was amazing.  The salmon, tuna, and white fish on top were really fresh.  

The Mexican roll was good.  The shrimp was cooked well and the avacado in it was very fresh and flavorful.  And then there was the Yama Big Roll.

They weren’t kidding when they called it a BIG roll.  It was 12 huge pieces fried with tuna, salmon, and avacado.  It was awesome.  The sauces on it were not overwhelming at all and the tempura batter had an incredible crunch and texture.  This absolutely counts as two rolls instead of one.  It’s also the first thing I’ll order the next time I’m here.

Total bill ended up being $55 and we had leftovers.  We hadn’t expected the spicy salmon roll and the Yama Big Roll was much more food than we anticipated.  I think it was the first sushi roll that took me four bites to eat one piece.

After dinner, we headed down to Crystal Beach to watch the sunset.  Perfect ending to a wonderful night.

Yama Taiyo Sushi Bar and Steak House
660 Alderman Road
Palm Harbor, FL
727-785-3350

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.6/5