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Sumika

236 Plaza Central, Los Altos, CA, United States
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  • SumikaPro 2014
    Owie
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    5 Aug 08, 2014

    Sister of Orench and Iroriya.

    This place served authentic Japanese tapas also known as Izakaya (tapas grilled) type of food. This type of cooking method is nicely paired with a cold/hot drink such a beer, sake, and soju.

    Beware that you will not get full so don't come with a fully empty stomach. I hope you give this excellent place a try. Enjoy and cheers!

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  • SumikaPro 2014
    gummy boots
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    5 Feb 26, 2014

    This is hands down my favorite Japanese Yakitori in the bay area so far. It's perfect for a casual date night or a girls night out. Tucked away next to a car park, it reminds me so much of the small hole in the wall restaurants in Japan that I love so much. The most popular dish seems to be the pork belly Yakitori. There's also a seasonal section, filled with inventive treats - melt-in-your-mouth eggplant tofu and deep fried octopus are clear winners. Just pick a few dishes to go with your sake and you're in for a great night out.

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    Stanley Chan
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    2 Nov 06, 2013

    I really enjoy Japanese tapas, so when I came here for a birthday dinner, I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, my wallet and stomach didn't agree with the expectations. My baseline comparison is with SAIZO, which is a wonderful Japanese tapas restaurant. SUMIKA, unfortunately, was more expensive, smaller, and offered less selections. The tapas ranged from $4-7ish. The organic fried chicken and spicy terriyaki chicken were larger dishes and tasted pretty decent. But the tapas were so small! The apple/ginger kobe beef and bacon-wrapped mushrooms, etc. were each about the size of my index finger! Desserts were good, but way overpriced. The Japanese cheesecake was $7 for a rectangle!!! The tirimisu was good, but didn't taste like traditional terimisu. But the frozen custard was a winner! Overall, it's a decent place to try out Japanese tapas, but expect to go in hungry, and walk out starving with your wallet much lighter!

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    Travis Katz
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    4 Jan 20, 2013

    Great authentic Japanese yakitori restaurant. Get the Mune with Sour Plum, the Karaage (fried chicken), and the Tsukune.

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    Nanaka King
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    4 Nov 03, 2012

    This Japanese Yakitori restaurant is a bit pricy but quite authentic. Very friendly and nice staff.

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    Verlisia
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    The yakitori here were phenomenal. I was told they actually imported the special charcoal used for the grill all the way from Japan. The high price tag was fully justified by the quality of the meat and the distinct grill flavor.

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    Must try for beginners (5/5 stars all the way)

    Momo (chicken thigh) Kushiyaki - I had both the normal one and the one with spicy sauce. Both were delicious. You can't go wrong with juicy dark meat.

    Hatsu (chicken heart) Kushiyaki - The chicken heart had a lovely crunchy texture that I adored. It tasted sort of like beef tongue.

    Cherry Tomato Rolls - These goodies were miniature tomato wrapped in fatty pork meat. Eating these was a very sensational experience. The meat slowly melt in your mouth as the tomato juice filled your taste buds.

    SUMIKA-don - Originally ordered this just as a filler item. The thin slices of perfectly grilled chicken in this rice bowl were every bit as good as the skewers. You won't be disappointed.

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    For the more adventurous

    Leba (chicken liver) Kushiyaki - I personally liked these but the liver might taste/smell a bit too strong for some people.

    Squid Sashimi (not sure about the actual name on the menu) - The seasoning gave the sliced squid a very strong and distinct flavor. The texture was very chewy.

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    Dessert my love (Everything 5+ stars)

    Black Sesame Panna Cotta - YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS. I repeat. DO NOT LEAVE THIS RESTAURANT WITHOUT TRYING THIS. The black sesame panna cotta tasted heavenly and it was unlike anything I had before. If you love those handmade black seasme japanese ice cream you will immediately fall in love with this. (The panna cotta flavor is seasonal. I was told that the roasted tea panna cotta is also amazing.)

    Green Tea Soy Tiramisu - This one was a close second to the panna cotta. To be honest it really didn't has anything to do with tiramisu. It was more like a green tea flavored mousse cake. It was dreamily smooth and light.

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    Frozen Custard Pudding and the Cheesecake with citrus sauce were also nice (4/5 stars) but if you only have room for 1 or 2 dessert pick the two items above instead. Chocolate cake was ordinary. I wouldn't waste my precious calorie quota on it.

    Special thanks to my dining companions for their kind support to my yelp habit. Thank you for letting me take random bites at your dinner.

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    Samantha Chen
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    5 Jan 28, 2014

    Definitely get some beer to go with the small plates :D

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    Neil King
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    5 Jan 20, 2013

    authentic yakitori place. really tasty.

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    ben saitz
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    good experience and food. a little eclectic for me..

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    Ingrid Katz
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    4 Jan 20, 2013
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4.5 out of 5
11 members' reviews
358 people visited Sumika

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