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Freshest Sushi 

Yume Restaurant

It is exceptionally easy to walk right by this exceptionally good sushi joint in the middle of Alameda's Park Street. There is a tiny little shingle above a nondescript door announcing its presence. From there, it's up the stairs to a tiny waiting area where you hope there is enough room for you to get to the delicacies inside. The fish is astoundingly fresh and the saba just melts on your tongue. The chef is friendly, talkative, and talented, and the view out the window somehow makes Alameda look more Eastern than it is. Although various rating web sites that shall remain unnamed whine about unfriendly service, the critical reviewers probably (a) tried to cram too many people into a place that seats only sixteen or (b) behaved in a boorish and entitled manner and deserved all they got. If you don't believe us, do your own research. But remember: If you don't show up early, your wait will be long. A final word of advice: Ask the chef what's good and order that.
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