Posted tagged ‘Japanese food’


December 30, 2009

We went out to Sumiya with a couple of Boyfriend’s coworkers for some char-grilled goodness.  We had almost anything you can imagine on a stick and then some.  We ordered some gyutan (beef tongue), chicken breast, chicken thigh, pork, enoki wrapped in bacon (my personal fave), gizzard, soboro don, kalbi don, potato mochi and more. Needless to say, we nearly had to be rolled out of this smoke box after all the food we ate.

It’s really hard to mess up anything with bacon but seriously, enoki wrapped in bacon is pure genius.  The crunchiness of the enoki wrapped in bacon fat goodness is delicious!  A lot of Yelpers had raved about the potato mochi but I didn’t think it was anything special.  I’ll stick to my gyutan and other meat on sticks over the custom stuff.

2634 Homestead Rd.  Santa Clara, CA

San Jose Japantown: Kaita

September 30, 2008

I think one of my favorite places to eat in SJ Japantown is Kaita.  They have great lunch specials and are one of the more authentic Japanese restaurants.  The last time we went, Boyfriend and I both ordered the poke don / udon lunch combo.  It was excellent.

Our first time to Kaita, I got the toro don / udon combo.  I initially thought the two yellow things on the sie of the bowl looked like slabs of butter but they were yakitamago. (egg)

Boyfriend got some tonkatsu curry special and since we were hungry, we ordered hamachi and salmon nigiri and also a side order of gyoza.  The gyoza were excellent and the fish was very fresh! 

I know Boyfriend really enjoyed the poke don the last time we went… I can’t wait to go back!  P.S.  It gets quite crowded at lunch sometimes so be prepared to wait a little while.

Izakaya style

September 11, 2008

We went to Tanto the other night with my parents and ordered a bunch of delicious food!  The only thing I wish we could’ve returned was the kabocha gratin.  I’m not a fan of gratin to begin with and this was no exception.  The kimchee ishiyakai gohan, okoge – ebi to nasu ankake, gyu tan, shiyo yaki tebasaki (chicken wings), and wakame salad were all great!!  Boyfriend and I had actually ordered three of those dishes the last time we went and we liked them SO MUCH that we ordered them again with my parents for them to try.

1063 E. El Camino Real  Sunnyvale, CA

Yuki Sushi

June 3, 2008

It seems like lately, all I’ve been eating is Chinese food or sushi. (not that I’m complaining) A fellow Silicon Valley foodie commented on a previous entry and suggested going to Yuki Sushi just down the street from Santana Row. So go to Yuki Sushi we did!

The moment we sat down Boyfriend mentioned, “I’m really starving.” Poor thing, he had to work overtime last night and didn’t even have time for dinner because he was so busy. All he had in his stomach from the past 24 hours was the snack I made him when he got home from work last night. So… we ordered a lot of food!

I wanted to start out with the yudofu because it was a tiny bit overcast and chilly when we were driving to the restaurant. It was a healthy but tasty choice! Tofu, napa cabbage, shiitake and green onions.

Boyfriend ordered a katsu don which comes with miso soup. I stole a bite of it and it was very good.

We also ordered four rolls: Toshi maki (tuna, salmon, hamachi, cucumber and avocado), Jazz maki (unagi and avocado with soy paper), spicy tuna and negi hama. The Toshi maki had a lot of stuff in it and sounded promising but it was actually just kind of bland.

The fish tasted fresh so I think I’d like to try some nigiri next time. The prices seem very reasonable for the nigiri sushi! I wish the menu listed how many pieces come with each cut. Some are only four, while others are six. If Boyfriend hadn’t ordered the katsu don, he still would’ve been hungry for sure.

I’m glad we went at 11:30 right when the restaurant opened. Before we got our food, there were already about five people who came in to pick up take-out orders and the place was packed when we left. The restaurant is quite cozy so it’s probably better not to go right at prime dining hours, I’d assume.

1827 Pruneridge Ave. Santa Clara, CA

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