How About You and I Go To You & I Sushi?

So me, Suj, Alek, and Holly finally decided to spend 25$ on a all-you-can-eat sushi place in Lake Forest called You and I sushi. With our stomachs empty and our seemingly insatiable hunger, we marched into the restaurant.

We walked in and were greeted by a man that seemed oddly familiar to me… strangely enough it snapped in my head that this was the guy that tried to sell me his motorcycle which I happened to almost buy but canceled him on the last second because I found a better deal. He even offered me a job here when he was trying to sell his bike! What a small world… now I just hope he doesn’t spit in my food 😦

It's game time, lets eat sushi!

It's game time, lets eat sushi!

Onward we go and we immediately started to check off how many nigiri pieces we wanted and also what appetizers we wanted. They did have a huge selection on rolls and nigiri but what was really surprising was that they also offered tempura (vegetables, shrimp, calamari), teriyaki (chicken and beef), dynamite, and other various little goodies that you usually find in your bento boxes.

Freshly fried and crispy!

Freshly fried and crispy!

The first thing that arrived was the calamari tempura. It was hot and fresh from the fryer which automatically makes it pretty good in my book, nothing beats fresh fried food! There was a small amount of molten hot calamari and lots of batter but on the whole it wasn’t too bad. This was gobbled up pronto.

Boy this was good, I could eat a whole bowl of this!

Boy this was good, I could eat a whole bowl of this!

Next came the dynamite. For those who don’t know what dynamite is; it’s basically baby scallops, baby shrimps, mushrooms, and masago (fish eggs) baked in a dish and covered with some sweet Japanese mayonnaise. It’s really good when you eat this with rice and the chef put a thin bed of rice on the bottom which helps cut the richness of the mayonnaise. The overall dish is sweet and creamy but the scallops were a tad rubbery and overcooked, but overall it was good (probably because we were so hungry). We later ordered 3 more of these and as the night progressed the chef tried to satiate our hunger by piling more rice into the dish and less dynamite, those bastards!

Mussels baked in dynamite mayo!

Mussels baked in dynamite mayo!

Clearly one of the better things on the menu... sweet and creamy mussels!

Clearly one of the better things on the menu... sweet and creamy mussels!

The green mussels were quite delicious, they were covered in the dynamite mayonnaise sauce and were baked until they were golden brown and delicious on top. The mussel itself was tender and the natural sweetness of the mussel was brought out by the sweet mayonnaise. I ordered about 10 more of these and gobbled them all up 🙂

Melt in your mouth yellowtail sushi... had probably 15 pieces.

Melt in your mouth yellowtail sushi... had probably 15 pieces.

More orders of yellowtail please!

More orders of yellowtail please!

The nigiri finally arrived, we ordered a TON of yellowtail nigiri (I think we ordered about 30 pieces amongst everyone). The fish was pretty fresh and was lusciously fatty and refreshing. The ratio between fish and rice was probably 1:1.2 compared to most AYCE sushi restaurants who put like 1:2 fish to rice ratio to make you more full. We finished all the yellowtail and was hungry for more, the yellowtail was most arguably the best fish we had that night. Although the yellowtail was good, I believe that the Ono at California Beach in Newport Beach is way more delicious than the yellowtail that they served here.

Salmon and Artic Clam Nigiri

Salmon and Artic Clam Nigiri

The salmon was very fatty and oily, I used to like this when I was a kid but the texture of raw salmon grew very disgusting for me since it’s very oily and strongly tasted of fishy salmon. My stomach space was better spent elsewhere than eating the salmon sushi. The artic clam was very crisp and sweet, it definitely was frozen before but the clams were of a higher grade and were definitely better than the ones you find at most Asian markets already frozen and prepackaged.

Whitefish Nigiri Smothered With Ponzu Sauce

Whitefish Nigiri Smothered With Ponzu Sauce

There was also something called “white fish” on the menu which was served with ponzu sauce brushed over the flesh of the fish. The fish itself was delicate and melted in your mouth, it was rather good. I would guess that this was albacore or something, I think they blanched the meat REALLY fast, (probably less than as second in the water) since the fish almost had a cooked taste to it.

Crispy and tender unagi, it was so freshly grilled!

Crispy and tender unagi, it was so freshly grilled!

The second nigiri that shined was the unagi eel. It had a luscious and fatty crispy skin and was glazed with some teriyaki sauce. It was made very fresh and the meat was melt in your mouth tender. Light, sweet, crispy, tender, it was a tasty symphony of textures when put in your mouth all at once. Definitely would order this next time I come back.

Some miso soup to settle the stomach.

Some miso soup to settle the stomach.

After many rounds of fish, octopus, chicken teriyaki, dynamites, clams, mussels, and rolls, I needed something to calm my stomach (there was a war in there I swear) and ordered some miso soup. It was served hot with tofu and seaweed, it wasn’t overly salty like most restaurants and was the perfect way to calm the stomach after this epic feast.

This was approximately the breaking point where we had to unbutton our pants.

This was approximately the breaking point where we had to unbutton our pants.

Overall the service of the restaurant was slow, my guess was that it was the intent of the sushi chefs and the owner to make you more full while you wait for the next round of sushi. Also at the end of the meal they would start to add more rice to their sushi and appetizers. It was very overbearing toward the end of the meal trying to finish every scrap so we wouldn’t get charged for leaving food on the table but luckily we got away with it. I got some of the nigiri rice and stuffed it into the dynamite dishes so it looked like the dynamite wasn’t touched 🙂

How many pieces of sushi I apparently ate haha!

How many pieces of sushi I apparently ate haha!

My advice here is to order when you get your first round of food, so stay on top of it and order 1 order ahead so they can have some time to prepare your food. The fish quality is decent and the quality of the food here isn’t that bad so if you’re REALLY hungry for sushi and don’t care about the quality (it’s not omakase quality for you sushi buffs) so come here if you want a good deal on sushi! Also come early since they close pretty early (9:30 at the latest).

You & I Sushi

25381 Alicia Pkwy Ste M
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 830-5051

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~ by Clifton Su on July 10, 2009.

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