yume rules

Although I have been to Yume many times, it is sometimes hard to go there. I believe that Yume has one of the best sushi in the east bay. There is better sushi in the city but for the price and convenience of driving to Alameda, Yume is a clear choice. From what I heard, Hideki-san used to be a sushi chef at a very trendy and busy sushi restaurant in San Francisco. He then retired from sushi making, only to miss it dearly. He then sought out to find the smallest restaurant space so that he could open up his own sushi-ya and continue to make delicious sushi while his wife waited on the patrons. What was once a small bar that fits 8 (I think), and 2 tables that could fit 4 each, has whittled down to just one table that fits four, to just 1 table that fits 2, for a restaurant that only seats 10 at once.

What is even more surprising is that there was always a rule that you could not bring parties of 4 our more. So if Courtney and I wanted to bring another couple to Yume, it was forbidden. You could bring just 1 friend with you for a total of 3 people. Now that has changed as well. Yume now has a new sign outside their entryway which clearly states that they ONLY accept parties of 3 BEFORE 5:30pm. Given that Yume only opens at 5pm, one only has a 30 minute window to eat with 2 of your friends. I even tried to get a seat at 6pm but was turned away when I clearly had a party of 3.

They are also clear about no seat trickery. I have heard stories of people trying to act as if 2 separate parties of 2 meet up by “accident”. Hideki-san will have none of that. I also heard of someone who brought a friend and then found out that his wife wanted to join them. The person asked Hideki-san if it was okay for his wife to join him seeing that there was plenty of room at the bar, and Hideki-san said it was against the rules. However he did allow the patron to then swap places with his wife so that the party remained just 2 people.

If you can get past the strict rules and want fresh sushi, then check it out.

Yume Sushi in Alameda. Look for the small placard next to a non-descript entryway leading to stairs.