Last modified on January 25th, 2017 at 2:29 pm
Yoshimatsu Japanese Eatery is turning 15 on February 1 and it’s still cute as a button.
When they use Comic Sans, it’s actually endearing. Even the toilets are cute, with hand-painted floral patterns and cats. A toilet photo isn’t a good idea in a food article, so you’ll just have to go see for yourself.
Their hand-drawn and hand-written signs throughout the restaurant are also totes adorbs.
The kids menu is as cute as can be with its offerings and hand-drawn layout. The kids bento ($6.50) makes a happy meal look miserable. Teriyaki chicken, edamame, panda onigiri (rice ball with seaweed made to look like a panda head), and fruits make a mad cute and Instagrammable meal.
Mimosas ($6) and mini-beers ($3, also cute) are available during lunch hours daily.
All cuteness aside, Yoshimatsu has evolved to offer a variety of fun Japanese dishes that are tough to find in Tucson.
Kushiyaki, or skewers, range from $2.50 to $5 per skewer. Classic chicken yakitori ($2.75) is offered, but give the unorthodox options such as tomato mozzarella ($2.75) or bacon & mochi ($3.50) a try with a cold Japanese beer or sake.
While Yoshimatsu offers a variety of traditional ramen, it recently added mazemen ($9.75), a brothless ramen with ground pork, green onion, bamboo shoots, sesame seeds, nuts, and ajitama (soft boiled egg) to be mixed just before eating.
Another new addition is chawanmushi ($5), a savory custard with onions and assorted seafood such as scallop, squid, and shrimp.
If you like sushi but can’t use chopsticks to save your life, the sushi burrito is for you. Your choice of fillings are engulfed in sushi rice and wrapped with seaweed. The accompanying tempura lotus root and spicy mayo provides a crispy contrast to the burrito.
For the fish sushi burrito ($9.95 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), choose two fish out of the following: tuna, salmon, yellowtail, shrimp, scallop, octopus, squid, and albacore. Additional fillings you can choose include cucumber, avocado, yamagobo (pickled burdock root), masago, krab stick, egg omelet, lettuce, and spicy mayo.
In the veggie sushi burrito ($8.95 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), choose from cucumber, avocado, yamagobo, lettuce, beets, daikon, sprouts, mango, kale, fresh mozzarella, tofu, egg omelet, and spicy mayo.
On the sweeter side of things, Yoshimatsu now offers cold-pressed fresh juice ($6). Kiiro is a refreshing mix of ginger, carrot, apple, orange, celery, and turmeric. Midoori goes green with kiwi, kale, spinach, banana, cucumber, and shiso. Aka features an earthy and sweet blend of beets, strawberry, apple, daikon, mango, and yuzu.
Yoshimatsu is located at 2741 N. Campbell Ave. and can be reached at (520) 320-1574. For more information, visit yoshimatsuaz.com.