where some great japanese places in san jose?
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- Santouka Ramen675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CArecommended Santouka RamenI like Santouka but I don't love it. Santouka is a mistress I would visit once in a while. During our rare encounter I would embrace every single drop of the additively rich broth and savor every ... read morenibble of the luscious toroniku pork. Santouka is a fling that I cannot form any long term relationship with. Orenchi Ramen, on the other hand, is a place that I could visit multiple times a week. The reason is simple - Orenchi has never made me feel guilty (fresher and healthier ingredients) or uncomfortable (lighter broth and less MSG). I am torn. At least I do not have to choose between these two. I could indulge myself once in a while whenever I feel like. The technicalities - Santouka's ingredients are really no comparsion to Orenchi's. Orenchi uses better fish cake, bamboo shoot, seaweed and even green onions. If you like thicker and chewier noodles, Orenchi is most likely your ramen spot. The only thing I really like about Santouka is the toroniku pork. The meat has a lot more flavor and character. Orenchi's roasted pork slices are just too ordinary.
- Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas19980 Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014recommended Gochi Japanese Fusion TapasI have been saving up this review until I can get some higher quality photos. I am happy to announce the wait is finally over! Gochi is one of the more popular restaurants in south bay. Always make ... read morereservation or you might have to wait an hour or two for a table. Getting a reservation for a large group on the weekend could still be really difficult unless you plan way in advance (think in terms weeks and not days). I have tried getting same week reservation for a small group on the weekend and still failed miserably. You have been warned. My last visit to Gochi was a couple days ago with a group. I have 2 of their tatami rooms reserved for a group of 20. Food was phenomenal. The service was good although at times it was hard to get the servers attention because the restaurant was so busy. One thing I love about Gochi is how the dishes are always served in the perfect order - from light to heavy - a tradition that is dying in many contemporary izakaya restaurants. The menu of our dinner - Gyuniku Reishabu Salad Madai Carpaccio* Shiromaguro Tataki* Kurobuta Chashu* Kani Cream Croquettes* Kani Tama Kurobuta Chashu Miso Pizza* Kimchi Pizza* Aigamo Shioyaki Yaki Onigiri (Mentaiko and Tuna Mayo Topping) Unagi Claypot Rice (with Dashi Sauce on the side)* Pork Claypot Rice* I am not even going to bother with individual rating for these dishes. Everything was incredible. Those marked * are my personal favorites. Desserts - Green Tea Tiramisu Ruzu Mousse Green Tea Creme Brulee Vanilla and Black Sesame Ice Cream Unfortunately their dessert is a disappointment. Especially after trying those amazing Japanese desserts at Sumika not too long ago I can't really recommend anything from their dessert menu at this point. If you really want dessert I think the Ruzu Mousse was the best out of all. Green tea creme brulee was decent but did not measure up to the quality of their savory dishes. Gochi also serves lunch but it is not izakaya style. Don't let that discourage you though. Their lunch rice and noodle dishes are still top notch.Recommended for:FoodiesVerlisia
Great izakaya restaurant. Must try this if you like Japanese food. Try to make reservation in advance though.recommended Gochi Japanese Fusion TapasI was here the other night.....but I wish I came here hungry. I had eaten only a few hours previous...oh well. That never stopped me before. So we pull up and I jump out to get a table....cuz I had ... read moreheard that it was busy on the weekends. I walked into the entrance on the right....."WTF?!?!?!" I apparently walked into the wrong entrance and found myself in a karaoke bar??? I have no idea but quickly walked back out and walked through the glass doors that had these brown curtain things behind them (that's why I though it wasn't he main entrance =D). the lady behind the counter was helpful and told me that there was 30 minute wait. Ok... Fast forward half an hour - the place was full and they got this floor plan where it's mostly sit down without shoes on floors with cut outs under the table mixed with some traditional seating arrangements and a few private rooms. I liked it. They got beer and shochu....is that like soju? And they have kirin on tap....fyi The lychee shochu was great....I think I'm becoming a drunk because I really didn't taste the alcohol even though my guests insisted that it was there and strong. Be sure to take a look at the daily specials located on a placard thingy on your table. Unfortunately the eggplant and tofu was not available but the replacement eggplant and pork was great. I don't quite remember what else we ordered...I just kind of picked a couple of things haphazardly trusting our waiter's judgment. Never been to a Japanese fusion venue before...I wanted to taste the adventure unravel as the night progressed. Everything was great and different. Who knew? Again in Cupertino.. The service was fantastic..the staff was helpful, informative and very attentive. It didn't hurt that the ladies were attractive....I'm just saying. They were on top of everything, made great suggestions and were quick....amazingly enough considering how busy and full the place was. And if find yourself with a little room left....the green tea creme brulee is great.....yeah, it's green. ;DRecommended for:
- Orenchi Ramen3540 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CArecommended Orenchi RamenArguably the best modern and most authentic ramen in town. Part of the reason behind their popularity and execution owes to Sumika's Maru-chan, the brains of the operation. Really, not everyone can ... read morethrow a bunch of pork bones, niboshi, water, and assorted chit in a pot, cook for 15+ hours, and come up with magic. Orenchi definitely comes closest to the real Japanese ramen experience, but still seems to be missing something... The trick is to get here before doors open and put your name down, if for lunch. Otherwise you might as well hang yourself or twiddle your thumbs because all these ramen lovers and bandwagon hoppers just cannot get enough. Make sure your entire party is present. There will be some inconsistency here, as during my visit, the hanjuku tamago was a notch too cold (doh....) and some might gripe that the regular bowl only has one small piece of chashu, which is virtually bordering on robbery. The tonkotsu broth is excellent, and I'm sure the others are great as well. Extra points for offering more eclectic ramen topping$, like yuzu zest, and takana (which interestingly is actually Chinese style pickled mustard greens, but more salty) that help take off some of the fatty feelings.Recommended for:
- The Red Crane7335 Bollinger Road, Ste C, Cupertino, CArecommended The Red CraneI really really liked this place. I am never one to put a price on good food...this food was great. I didn't want to stop eating it all actually, however I had to make room for all the sake and ... read morebeer...it was a fair trade off and after all, I could always take the food home. I agree with all the other people....japanese pesto - who knew? and in cupertino - who knew? -The sea bass was fantastic....tasted like a cross between fish texture with peking duck taste. -The pesto roll tuna was very unique and tasty. -We got this one sampler thing that came out on a long tray with individual specific dipping sauces served in soup spoons - creative and tasty. -The shaking(??) beef was cooked well. -I really liked the garlic noodles (as one person in my group said " I like it a lot more than PF ...." - I won't finish that sentence nor does it say much in my personal opinion but it's an honest review, I'll give her that) -The desert - all three of them...is that right? whatever, they were all good and the staff was very hospitable in giving it to us for free (birthday - no really, it was Grace's b-day!) -Sake, sake, sake shaking everywhere!!!! lmao - they have lychee, regular hot house, fuji apple, rasberry and a number of others that I seem to fail to recall...hmmmmmmmmmmm The staff was really great and helpful. All I can say is that...I don't know why I asked exactly, but her name is Alexandra; she uses a conair blow drying thing, and she has a free lance hair stylist in fremont. I think Alexandra was dumb founded by my asking her so since I have very close cropped hair. All the women at my table enjoyed that debacle...and I had a good time myself as well. So if you are wondering and before you ask...there you go. ;DRecommended for:
- Gombei Japanese Restaurant193 Jackson Street, San Jose, CArecommended Gombei Japanese RestaurantHave I eaten here for lunch before? no, but I see that a lot of people have and i now know why It must have been my appetite interfering with my brain and nothing to do with the passenger but I ... read morecouldnt figure out how to get to where we were going. I mean, I wouldnt have been able to navigate out of a wet paper bag. That aside we got there and there were hella people everywhere. Some outside, someone inside the door, some in the hallway and everywhere a chair was, a person sat. RAGE!!! And then two opened up at the counter and we snuck right in. lulz. We both ordered their specials.. I had the #4 which consisted of broiled hamachi with a number of roots/vegetables which I was having a very difficult time identifying but not so hard a time of eating. They were great. She ordered # the fried.. erm, breaded fish.. thing and what appeared to be beef teriyaki of a sort. She too had some of the UVO (unidentified vegetable objects) which she did not object to either. I'm just glad we didnt have to wait too long for seating. Ultimately and fortunately for me, she wasnt the type to care whether we sit at a table or the counter. And fortunately for her, I can still read a sign at the far end of the room that distinctly lists only 6 specials of the day.. SIX... not 9. kekeke ;DRecommended for:
- Bluefin Japanese Restaurant & Lounge754 The Alameda, Ste 10, San Jose, CA 95126recommended Bluefin Japanese Restaurant & LoungeWhere the F are we? There's a Happy Hour here? There's a happy hour here and a whole lot more... if you get my drift.... if you get my meaning... know what i'm saying? They got sake, they got beer, ... read morethey got sushi things, and they got more. The oyster shooters were good, and so were the yakitori. But the bar is where the venue shines. They have a lot of drinks. And if I recall correctly I think it was Sho Chiko Bai on tap. lmao The bar staff, if only I could remember their names, I would properly thank you by name and refer you for all the others to patronize. In which case you'll just have to go and meet them all. They are all graet! Next time I'm going to spend all Happy Hour there and just let the time pass into the night. This place and area will have a warm place in the hearts of the Kages! ;DRecommended for: