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Yujo Izakaya

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36 Kyadondo Road | Nakasero Hill, Kampala 23248, Uganda
+256 794 289856
12:00 - 23:00
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Kampala and this is my favorite restaurant here (and I own a different restaurant here). I've eaten here many times - I think the sushi is world-class. This is one of my two or three favorite sushi restaurants anywhere. The salmon sashimi and nigiri are the best I've ever had. They melt like butter in your mouth.... More 

Thank Robert O
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this review

We don't know what to say, Robert, wow!!! It's truly a difficult process bringing in all the seafood from so many different locations, and to maintain quality all the way across the board. It's really due to the hard work of the members who have been contributing to the development of the cold chain process in East Africa. Mwangi coordinating... More 

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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Consistently good food and good service. Never disappointed with a visit to this restaurant. I love the vegetable rice. Sushi is good, vegetable tempura is good, salmon teriyaki is good, I mean, no matter you choose, you can't go wrong. Staff is able to answer questions about dishes.

Thank Koritsaki
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this review

Right on!! That's super awesome that you gave us the info on the specific dishes. We will work full time to maintain the quality with the original ingredients from East Africa and Japan. I will pass on your comments about the service to our team. They will love to hear it;) Please let us know something new you might want... More 

Goma, DRC
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54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had dinner twice in a matter of a week at Yukon, and simply had a great dinner. The fire cracker rolls are the best! Extremely well prepared, the sushi and sashimi are also very tasty. The food is nicely displayed, in a very reasonable amount of waiting time, the waiters are nice and attentive. The prices are, maybe for... More 

Thank Banu_Altunbas
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this review

Firecracker roll is becoming one of the new customer favourites! Thank you for enjoying. We are happy you found the value for money. We fight to do this as we struggle to obtain our ingredients from over 100 different cities in four continents around the world. Our produce is all local, however the dry ingredients and seafood must come from... More 

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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a birthday meal here and the sushi was great! A real change from most food we had in Uganda. Unfortunately the main course options are extremely limited for gluten-free diners, in the end I had to have the only dish the chef was able to adapt. Friendly waiters who tried their best to help.

Thank Kirsty W
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this review

Hi Kirsty! Thanks for enjoying the sushi at Yujo Izakaya! We are glad our place stood out from the others in Uganda, and we want to take things higher always! We have imported gluten free "tamari" Shaluu which is available in our shop within the parking lot, until 11pm everyday. We are exploring options for our customers who have gluten... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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71 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Yujo on a Friday night and the restaurant was packed (a good sign). We ordered Miso, prawns tempura, beef teriyaki and salmon Philadelphia Rolls. The Prawn Tempura was the best dish, light crispy and tasty. Unfortunately though, all the dishes arrived at the same time! The beef was over cooked and there was just a smidgen of salmon... More 

Thank Storm S
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to Yujo Izakaya Mr S Storm! The prawns are from the Tanzanian coast, the closest nice quality we can find! The light and crispy batter is brought from Japan to ensure quality. We are sorry for you experience about the beef, and the quantity of Salmon! We hope you let our service manager/maitre d know so that... More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food is good, and sushi also good. Nothing to die aout, but it is a nice restaurant, friendly staff and good variety of Japanese beers and sake. I loved it and recommend it. Took sushi, tempura, Temaki and Udon noodle. Everything was good.

Thank Denis J
Norrkoping, Sweden
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

I always enjoy the food here, the Bento box lunches are great. Also, their shop sells La Trappe Wit and Leffe Blond which is likely to be among the best beer you can get your hands at in Kampala.

Thank Joaek
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this review

Thanks Joaek, we love O-Bento! Happy you like them too. We shall be offering bento promotions in the near future so stay tuned! Also, we urge you to check out the "Hitachino Nest Beer" lineup from Japan, also available in our shop. They have a wheat beer called "White Ale" with a blue label, that is ranked even higher than... More 

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87 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

We went to this restaurant on our last evening in Kampala, and as we already had eaten in almost all other top ten Tripadvisor restaurants in Kampala, expectations were high. Layout of portions was very nice, but quality fairly regular. Prices a bit on a high end.

Thank 161kirsin
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this review

Dear Mr Kirstin, Thanks for the comments on the layout of our dishes! We have a new consultant from Japan working with us on plating and new ideas for 2017. You can expect to see a refreshed menu and extensive list of Japanese rice wines and craft beers (including one brewed in Scandinavia!) to add to the experience. We are... More 

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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I have been to Yujo around 4 times, but the last time that I was there, the food was disappointing. The sushi was sloppily put together, everything was clumsy... Like it was made by an apprentice. I do not think that that is fair if you are paying for top-range stuff... even if we are in the boondocks. I have... More 

Thank Damali N
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this review

Hi Damali! First of all, the team at Yujo Izakaya would like to thank you for your FOUR visits to our humble establishment! Second, we would like to sincerely apologize for your most recent, and disappointing experience. Your review has just been shared with our current chefs from Uganda, Kenya, Japan, and the Philippines. We reallllly wish it could have... More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Central location Always good food and fresh: Sushi as well hot food Friendly and attentive staff Nice ambiance

Thank Mark_19740704
HanifRehemtulla, Owner at Yujo Izakaya, responded to this review

Why thank you Mark. I'll let the team know that they've done a great job during your visit! Please do come by again to say hi, and don't forget to check out our Japanese Grocery Store called "Little Kobe" with all kinds of Japanese goodies from Chocolates, Craft Beer, Japanese wines Japanese Soft Drinks (Coffee and more) and even small... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36 Kyadondo Road | Nakasero Hill, Kampala 23248, Uganda
  • Location: Africa  >  Uganda  >  Central Region  >  Kampala
  • Phone Number: +256 794 289856
Yujo Izakaya is a Modern Japanese restaurant and tavern, located in the heart of Nakasero.

We specialize in Japanese RICE WINE and CRAFT BEERS, imported directly from Nara and Mito in Japan!

So when you come to visit us, please come thirsty!

Our restaurant features a hot kitchen and sushi bar, with fresh local ingredients, and many others sourced from all over the world!

We also now have LITTLE KOBE JAPANESE GROCERY for all your take home needs,including miso pastes, wasabi, japanese chocolate, little gifts, and more!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?