1428 Park St.
With esteemed chef Hideki Aomizu wielding the knife on the freshest raw fish in town, Yume offers superb sushi in a secret spot above Park Street and finds favor with some of Alameda’s best chefs. Perched atop a steep flight of stairs, this tiny eatery has only 13 seats—nine bar seats around the sushi station and two small two-seater bistro tables with a view of Park Street. Hideki uses an approach called omakase, or “chef’s choice,” whereby he guides customers through a meal of the fish of the day, balancing lighter fish with the fatty fish in accordance with their tastes. The seared tuna with citrus sauce is excellent, as are the aji, salmon and mutsu. It all keeps patrons coming back for more, but keep your party to two or less—really. Yume eschews bigger groups—whose members may linger, eat more and take up limited space—in favor of intimate food-focused parties. During a recent visit, the chef’s wife, Yoriko, seriously reprimanded a couple that sat with another pair, ejecting the newcomers. Come early, because a line often starts by 7 p.m., and Yume closes when the fish and rice run out. Dinner Tue.–Sat. (Will serve only parties of two or less.)
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