Ami Sushi serves up Asian dishes
Diners at Ami Sushi in Medford can take a tour of Asian cuisine, from Japanese noodles and sushi to Korean barbecue.
But a bit of patience is needed to eat there.
Proprietor Young Park is often performing a one-man show, seating customers, delivering menus and drinks to tables, taking orders, cooking and bringing out food, delivering checks and boxes for leftovers, answering the phone and accepting payments at the cash register.
That means customers will often be waiting as he hurries back and forth between the dining and kitchen areas, helping different groups of diners.
However, he's devoted to the business, having come back to work after going through heart surgery in 2013.
Park's English is fairly limited, but the menus have photos of various entrées, and I was able to point at the items I wanted.
Sushi lovers can fill out an order form that lists 96 — yes, 96 — options.
The choices include albacore tuna, avocado, eel, squid, octopus, shrimp, crab, scallops, salmon, mushrooms, mackerel, red snapper and sea urchin.
While in college, I shared a house with various roommates, including a young woman from Korea who made delicious marinated beef and squid that she cooked over a charcoal barbecue for shared household meals.
With those happy memories in mind, I ordered the Korean barbecue beef ($12.95) from Ami Sushi.
The beef was marinated in a tasty, slightly sweet sauce and served thinly sliced with scallions.
It came with sticky rice cooked to the perfect texture — sticky enough to clump together in chopsticks or on a fork, but with the rice still in individual grains, not cooked together into a gooey mass.
The miso soup accompanying the meal was a nice addition.
I also sampled the pork barbecue ($11.95), which was also thinly sliced and grilled. In contrast to the beef, the pork was spicy. Chopped scallions, sesame seeds and slivers of stir-fried onions accented the meat.
Ami Sushi's Japanese yakisoba noodles are stir-fried with vegetables and can be ordered as a vegetarian dish ($9.95) or with additions of chicken ($10.95) or shrimp ($11.95).
An order of the noodles with shrimp came with only small bits of shrimp, but the noodles were hearty and mixed with plenty of carrot slivers, broccoli, cabbage, mushrooms and sliced zucchini.
The restaurant is hidden away at 3613 Aviation Way, off Crater Lake Highway and behind a Costco warehouse.
The door facing the street is locked, so use the rear door that opens onto a back parking lot.
Ami Sushi is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 541-772-0602 or visit amisushimedofrd.blogspot.com/.
— Vickie Aldous