Within the white sides of an 18-foot gourmet food truck, a former Ritz-Carlton chef crafts innovative Indian, Korean, and Latin American dishes of burritos and tacos whose ingredients are made from scratch. House-made rice simmers with chef-prepared vegetable and chicken broths, and 100% vegetable-based chutney sauces shower meals with garden-derived flavor. Meats such as lamb and chicken bathe in chef-made marinades and sweat over the flames of high-quality BTU equipment. Small Time Cooks sells offbeat beverages, such as coconut juice or apple cider, to help wash down savory meals, and their mobile capabilities make them an delivery choice for racecar drivers seeking a midrace snack.
"Nothing short of amazing." So gushes The Santa Clara Weekly when writing about Cherry Sushi's spider fantasy roll, whose medley of avocado, cucumber, and crab arrives wrapped in a layer of soft-shell crab. It's is one among 28 specialties handcrafted by the eatery's chefs, whose eye-catching rolls sport everything from deep-fried eel to the house's own spicy creamy sauce. For vegetarian-leaning palates, the sushi squad assembles rolls chock full of cooked mushrooms and wild carrots, who often eerily resemble domesticated carrots. Sushi aside, the culinary team also cooks up other staples of Japanese cuisine, including salmon teriyaki and beef sukiyaki.
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, House of Genji has been serving fresh Japanese fare with flair from its menu of titillating tappan-style dishes (which include soup, salad, vegetables, and rice) and artfully rolled sushi since 1971. Grab a cocktail at the bar and marvel at the chef’s knife skills, flipping finesse, and bold disregard of your mother’s threats to ground him as he playfully executes table tricks and nimbly tosses each succulent morsel onto your plate with bite-sized precision. The tableside entertainment and modern décor make House of Genji an ideal venue for social gatherings, though customers should be aware that a 15% gratuity will be added for parties of seven or more.
The family-owned and family-operated sushi shop has been slinging high-quality fish into the mouths of omega-3-craving San Joseans at their new location in Willow Glen since 2009. Traditional and creative concoctions inhabit the extensive lunch and dinner menus. Starters such as the ika kara-age, with its tender, fried Monterey calamari and balsamic soy sauce ($5.25), offer a pleasing beginning to any meal. Redeem your Groupon Tuesday–Thursday for a complimentary edamame appetizer. The Sushi combination dinner ($16.25), which includes one entree plus your choice of two rolls (choose from California, tekka, and kappa), makes a perfect base to absorb any of Yuki Sushi's sakes. A bountiful selection of bento combos are available. Noodle lovers will slurp sublimely from their selection of udons and sobas, and herbivores can peruse the fish-free vegetarian entrees for a selection of palate pleasers. For those preferring a dash of color in their carbs, brown rice is also available.
Inspired by the incredible flavors served at traditional Japanese festivals, Happi House was founded on the belief that dining out should be happy and festive. Happi House?s founders thought that quick-service restaurants had become predictable and boring, so they set out to expand and upgrade fast food options by offering fresh meals to order and one-of-a-kind teriyaki sauces.
The first Happi House restaurant opened in San Jose?s historic Japantown district in 1976, where its fresh take on fast food was an instant sensation. Over the years, Happi House has grown its distinctive menu while maintaining a commitment to using fresh ingredients delivered daily and food that's grilled to order?never held under heat lamps or served up from a steam table.
Today, Happi House has six locations throughout the Silicon Valley. Bay Area folks can pop into the casual eatery for a tasty bite or grab a jumbo-sized Happi Pak with enough chicken salad, rice, and flame broiled teriyaki to feed the whole gang at home. Must-try items include bone-in teriyaki chicken, Asian chicken salad, and homemade teriyaki sauces in original and spicy flavors, which are available by the bottle.
Inside Santo Market, Japanese, Chinese, and Hawaiian foods line the shelves, tended to by staffers who can offer up culinary input in English, Chinese, or Spanish. A San Jose staple since 1946, the full service grocery specializes in Asian cuisine. They also serve deli meat and pre-made dishes including homemade Japanese pickles, seafood croissants, and beef teriyaki sandwiches, which guests can enjoy alongside cups of hot coffee and espresso.