The Hidden Sushi Gem: Yama Zakura

Sophie Boyd '24, Contributing Writer

If you are searching for delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine, look no further than Yama Zakura. The lively, quaint restaurant located in Northborough offers one of a kind sushi rolls that will not disappoint. My family’s experience was phenomenal in all aspects: service, taste, and environment.

Upon arriving with a 6:30 p.m. reservation, we were seated right away. The atmosphere was dimly lit, but not too dark, and calming music played lightly in the background. The restaurant’s capacity added to its popularity, all while still not being overly crowded.

Our waiter soon quickly arrived with water in hand, eager to take any more drink orders. He was very friendly and accommodating to our needs, like the rest of the staff. We all settled with our waters and my dad ordered a club soda.

The menu is filled with an exclusive and vast array of sushi options. A large chalkboard even hangs in the back of the restaurant, with specials scrawled in fun fonts and lettering. There is however, more than just incredible sushi: Yama serves up soups, pad thai, fried rice, sashimi, curry, and more. With the endless options, it was difficult to decide. In the end, we selected the chicken pad thai and 5 rolls: The Volcano, Red Sox, Belichick, Rock N’ Roll, and the famous Lobster Bomb.

The food arrived quickly with a beautiful presentation and on a big platter – perfect for sharing like the four of us did. The pad thai was difficult to serve, but tasty nonetheless. Each roll was incredibly flavorful and fresh and had its own unique flare. As predicted and recommended, the Lobster Bomb was the star of the show; with the tender lobster, avocado, panko, cucumber, and most importantly, its lemon cream sauce, we savored every bite.

Regarding the price, each sushi roll ranged from $15-$27 (the Lobster Bomb was more expensive due to the current market price of lobster), which seemed pretty reasonable considering the quality of the food and that there were eight pieces per roll. The total was a little over $120 and we left a good tip because of the great service.

Whether you dine in for a birthday or take out on a busy weeknight, Yama Zakura is guaranteed to please.

369 West Main Street, #3
Northborough, MA
(508) 393-4187

Monday-Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday-Thursday: 4-8:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 4-9:30 p.m.
Sunday: 4-8 p.m.