Posted tagged ‘Japanese’

Takahashi Market circa 1906

August 11, 2009

Boyfriend and I took my parents to the Giants game on Saturday to celebrate my Mom’s birthday.  I knew my parents would prefer Japanese food rather than overpriced stadium food so we stopped at Takahashi Market in San Mateo to grab lunch.


I love these little Mom & Pop shops!  They have fresh shipments of Hawaiian food every Thursday and tons of Hawaiian plate lunches on their menu.  My Mom went with the saba shioyaki over rice with wakame salad on the side.


My Dad tends to order unagi every time we go out for Japanese food.  It’s one of his favorites!  He also went with the wakame salad on the side.


I went with the misoyaki butterfish which was excellent!  Mine came with a few edamame for some reason and I got wakame salad too! 


Boyfriend is a true carnivore and went with the kalua pig and rib combo with rice and chose kimchee as his side.  I had a bite of the ribs and really liked them!

Takahashi Market has been around for over 100 years now!!  They must be doing something right to still be in business. : )  I would definitely go back to pick up lunch.  The prices are reasonable and the people are really friendly.

221 S. Claremont St. San Mateo, CA

It’s been awhile…

August 28, 2008

Don’t worry, we actually HAVE been eating recently… probably too much.  I just haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been busy. (a.k.a. lazy and busy)  We’ve been meaning to try Seto Restaurant because it is very close to where we live and finally took the plunge today.  It has a very extensive menu and it took forever to decide on what to order.

Of course, we had to try the sushi!  The crazy roll (pictured left) was very tasty and we could tell the quality of the fish was very good.  This particular roll had hamachi, tuna, salmon, avocado and lettuce rolled with nori but wrapped with soy paper on the outside!  We also ordered a hamachi roll.

Even though the high today was 95, I was craving nabeyaki udon.  One thing I especially liked about it was that the ebi tempura came on the side without me even requesting it!  There was a lot of shiitake, chicken and various vegetables in it too.

Beyfriend ordered the steak teriyaki dinner tonight.  It came out on the sizzling platter as he ordered it: medium.  It came with a small salad, miso soup and rice.

The entrees here were quite pricey for a regular Japanese restaurant.  (Boyfriend’s dinner was $18.00)  I quite liked the ambiance and the brightness inside the restaurant and would frequent it more often if the prices were a little more reasonable.  We decided that we’d probably go again for the sushi but for regular Japanese cuisine, there are other places that are probably better for the price.

511 Borregas Ave.  Sunnyvale, CA

In the end…

April 23, 2008

we went back to the beginning.

We’ve officially moved to NorCal! It’s weird being here and since we are in an extended stay hotel, I still feel like we are on vacation. We ate out almost every night for three or four weeks before we left LA but I had no time to update. One of our final nights in SoCal, we went back to the restaurant where we had our first date. Gaja Okonomiyaki. Boyfriend had never tried okonomiyaki before so he decided to be brave and try it out on our first dinner date together.

Okonomi means what you like and yaki means grill or cook. So basically, okonomiyaki means grill what you like. You can put almost anything in this “Japanese pizza” but it usually consists of flour, eggs, shredded cabbage and meat/seafood.

We ordered “modan” which consists of pork and noodles.

First you cook the meat and noodles separately.

Then you throw the cooked meat and noodles back into the bowl and mix everything up. (This picture does not make it look very appetizing.)

Then you place the ingredients onto the grill in the shape of a pizza. We made two “pizzas” from our one bowl.

Once it’s cooked on both sides, you usually top your okonomiyaki with sauce, mayo, seaweed and bonito (fish) flakes. Yum!

2383 Lomita Blvd. Lomita, CA

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