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.
People start lining up here 30 minutes before it opens for the signature Orenchi ramen. (The shop closes when it runs out.) Its key features are tender pork and a perfectly soft-boiled egg floating in an opaque broth. Other accoutrements include bamboo shoots, mushroom, sesame, and nori.
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.
Each Yuki Sushi location approaches Japanese cuisine from a different angle. Santa Clara hews to tradition, while Willow Glen takes a modern approach to classics like the California roll, which chefs deep fry and top with spicy crab, salmon, scallops, macadamia nuts, and spicy sauce.
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.