Yamato Japanese Stakehouse Restaurant in Charleston SC

Yamato Stake House in Charleston SC

This is my favorite Japanese restaurant that I go out to if I want to eat Sushi. The sushi Chef is Japanese and he knows about raw fish. Recently he started using real dashi, not artificial powder dashi which has MSG in it, for their miso soup, recently.The soup tastes different if you use real dashi or artificial dashi. He also said he started to prepare fish by himself. For example, mackerel sushi, which mackerel was treated with salt and marinated in vinegar. Many restaurants use frozen ingredients. Restaurant food supply companies sell  already prepared frozen fish in the bag. However, the Yamato Japanese Steakhouse Restaurants in Charleston, Chef Mura, does his own preparation. Those things make a difference than in other restaurants.  That makes me want to go back to eat sushi there. Plus, I can talk to him in Japanese, also. He knows what I want without telling a lot because he knows the real Japanese taste. I trust his cooking and preparing for me, I feel like I am at home in Japan.

This is what he made for me, last night. I had rice and miso soup with it.  Just like Japanese sashimi teishoku. I felt like I was in Japan! If you want to eat real Japanese sushi, go this restaurant and say hi to Chef Mura.

Sashimi

By the way, the right top fish is his own preperation Saba, mackerel, sashimi.

Fleet Landing Charleston SC

fleet landing

Built in 1942 by the US Navy as a debarkation point for sailors, the building lay vacant after World War II until it was acquired by the South Carolina Port Authority in the 1960s and used for storage. Go to Fleet Landing restaurant home page and read about more.

fleet landing SC

From now on, I will try not toforget to take pictures not only of food I ordered at the restaurant, but also pictures of the restaurant itself when I go to restaurants, from now on.
I have many chances to go to local restaurants in the Charleston area. Yes, I am a very lucky girl!
However, I didn’t take any pictures back then I decided to take pictures as much as possible so I can put them on my blog here. I will write what I think about the restaurants. People may think who does Yuri? She is so high-handed. Who does she think she is!?

I have Japanese taste, and your tastes is different than mine. So please forgive me if I write harsh opinions sometimes. However, I usually go to restaurants with my co-workers who are also Japanese. And I will write opinions but usuallythis is the Japanese people’s collective opinions. I hope you do not get upset to read this page.

I sat in the outside area but the area is covered by clear vinyl sheets and it had heater heating from the ceiling. For our chilly weather, it was comfortable. It was already dark and   I couldn’t take good pictures.  I am sorry.

Also I realized I had not taken pictures before I ate half of what I ordered, so I only can put one picture here.  We ordered the chicken piccata and fish. That was the day’s special menu.  And I forgot the name of fish name. Sorry!

I came here several times for business dinners.  My company president wanted to take small groups of Japanese guests to buffet-style casual southern food dinner.   By the way, this restaurant is not a buffet-style restaurant.   One Japanese co-worker likes this restaurant a lot and he brought some Japanese guest here many times.

We usually order the Prince Edward Island mussels and it is very good sauce.   Often, our guests order the deep fried sea food platter.  This menu is not something you can find in Japan.  I introduced shrimp and grits to many of our guests at this restaurant. They usually have hush pappies.   

This time, I liked the Chicken Piccata. It is better than today’s special sea food plate.  The Chicken was creamy and tasty, I don’t think I had ever had chicken piccata before.  The Picture below is chicken piccata.  I didn’t really care about the fish dish at that day. 

chicken picata

This is good restaurant to bring a guest to introduce them to southern sea food. It is very casual and has a great view of Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and the Yorktown battle ship museum from the restaurant deck.

The atomosphere is very casual and family-oriented. they have a lot of fried American seafood dishes to choose from. It is definitely a Southern style restaurant. During warmer weather, it is nice to eat here because you can sit outside to eat and feel nice Atlantic ocean breeze.

Sermet’s Courtyard – Daniel Island SC

Sermet's Courtyard

From now on, I will try not toforget to take pictures not only of food I ordered at the restaurant, but also pictures of the restaurant  itself when I go to restaurants, from now on.
I have many chances to go to local restaurants in the Charleston area. Yes, I am a very lucky girl!
However, I didn’t take any pictures back then I decided to take pictures as much as possible so I can put them on my blog here.  I will write what I think about the restaurants.  People may think who does Yuri?  She is so high-handed. Who does she think she is!?

Sermet’s Courtyard Home Page

I have Japanese taste, and  your tastes is different than mine.   So please forgive me if I write harsh opinions sometimes.  However, I usually go to restaurants with my co-workers who are also Japanese.  And I will write opinions but usuallythis is the Japanese people’s collective opinions.  I hope you do not get upset to read this page. 

This is new restaurant in Daniel Island near downtown Charleston SC. It used to be a different restaurant.  One day,  my co-worker said they are re-opened and many cars are parking in front of the restaurant, we have to check it out!   So, we did!

We arrived there before seven o’clock but it was full and we had to wait at the bar. …about 30 min. Gee, too bad for us, huh?!
However, Shane the bartender was very nice and everybody was friendly. It’s a nice atmosphere.

Sermet's courtyard

Sermet's courtyard

Those two pictures are appetizers. Sorry they are not good pictures.
The calamari needed a little bit more salt, I think. The second picture is of the artichoke dip. It was very good.
I didn’t realize until they came to the table, both were pesto based.

Sermet's courtyard

I think it was a Spain wine.  I liked it.

Sermet's courtyard

I liked the sauce VERY much. It has spicy Italian sausage and sea food pasta. However, I am VERY sorry that the pasta was so over cooked! The noodles were dead!  Not chewy at all…  I think this is a crime to serve spaghetti that is not al dente!  Usually American restaurants serve dead spaghetti pasta but this one was one of the worst.  I am really upset because the sauce was so wonderful!  The pasta becomes paste in your mouth.   I wish I could take the sauce back to my house and cook the pasta by myself and eat it. The sauce was really good. I will try to figure out what were the ingredients but one thing I couldn’t get. It was a familiar taste but I couldn’t figure out.  May be cumin. However, I don’t know of too many Italian recips that use cumin.

Sermet's courtyard

This is a risotto with duck. The skin on the duck was very crispy and it was very good. I was thinking I would have a very fatty duck, but it was not at all. However the risotto needed more salt for my taste. My co-worker said she thinks it needed more cheese for this risotto.

I forgot to take a picture of the double chocolate cake. It was dry and I was not really impressed with it. We couldn’t eat it all. I wanted to have different cake but I forgot the name of it. And I believe there was only one piece left. I thought it may be good to try new sweets. Maybe next time.

All in all, I liked the atomosphere. It would be a good date place. The food was pretty good. Next itme I will choose different foods because they may have just had a bad pasta – making experience.

I would difinitely go there again.