Maki at Yoshimi

Sometimes things just go together: peanut butter and jelly, burger and fries, and, if you expand the bounds a little bit, skiing and sushi.

Lucky for those who agree, (really, is there a better way to celebrate a day on the slopes than pairing gorgeous fish and ice cold sake?), the Yoshimi Pop-Up sushi restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Vail returns for a second winter. Last year’s experience was in such high demand (the dining room seats just 30 diners at a time) that it warranted a reprise or perhaps more: there’s talk of a permanent rendition opening for the 2023-2024 ski season.

In the meantime, chef Efrain Canales will lead the charge. Originally from Zacatecas, Mexico, Canales has honed his culinary skills over decades and comes to Yoshimi from Hooked, Beaver Creek’s fresh-from-the sea stalwart. The traditional menu of sashimi, nigiri, and rolls is inspired by the Yoshimi’s original location in Mexico City. Rather than wild combos, the focus is on the quality of the fish. That’s the secret to sushi success.

Open Tuesday–Saturday 5–9 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. Grand Hyatt Vail, 1300 Westhaven Dr, 970-476-1234; opentable.com/r/yoshimi-pop-up-vail

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