With quick, sure gestures, sushi chefs at Koto Teppanyaki & Sushi drizzle colorful sauces in intricate, linear designs, emblazoning plates of handmade sushi rolls with silhouettes of butterflies, dragons, and spiders. And this is only on the left side of the restaurant. Diners who choose the hibachi section on the right watch chefs theatrically flip morsels of steak, swordfish, and lobster teppanyaki on tabletop griddles.
New York native Kevin Lin and his two restaurant co-owners work to bring East Coast–style sauces and cooking techniques to Koto's traditional Japanese menu, according to Redwood City Patch. Amid walls the color of melted butter, servers pile tables with kitchen-prepared entrees, such as teriyaki chicken and sea bass or delicately breaded veggie tempura. And, in a private room, parties of up to 25 people can utilize a personal hibachi grill to prepare their own meals or send smoke signals to the waiter for more sushi.
At Tokai Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, guests can slide right up to the sushi bar and watch Chef David at work, folding yellow tail and avocado or soft-shell crab and eel into decadent sushi rolls. Sushi is just half of the eatery’s specialty; the menu also tempts diners with thinly sliced ginger beef, shrimp tempura, and chirashi—an assortment of fresh seafood served over seasoned rice. Japanese beer, wines, and sake complement both cooked and raw meals.
Mikado serves traditional Japanese fare with several seating options. There's a sushi bar up front with a view of the big screen TV, tables along the wall, a tatami room that seats 8 and an upstairs room that seats 15. The lunch bento special is popular and comes with a huge amount of food, including a California roll, chic
Over the last five years, the chefs at Barracuda Japanese Restaurant have continually tinkered with their sushi, teriyaki, and noodle dishes, customizing the menu to fit each Barracuda location’s neighborhood and clientele. Using fresh fish and fruit sourced locally and sustainably whenever possible, the team crafts more than a dozen specialty rolls, including the Japanese Cowboy Roll, which matches crabmeat with mango, avocado, and thinly sliced Kobe beef. Staples such as chicken teriyaki rest side by side with more intricately prepared eats including pan-seared rib eye with mashed potatoes. Lit from underneath, the dining room’s dim orange walls surround potted plants and wooden tables that can accommodate groups of all sizes.
At Joy Sushi, we find it a joy to serve you fresh delectable sushi and traditional Japanese food. We have it all, from sushi, to nigiri, udon, donburi, and more! Our lunch specials are a great deal, so be sure to check them out. To compliment your meal, we serve Japanese sake, beer, and wine.
A Japanese izayaka is much like a casual American bar—friends assemble after work to knock back drinks and share small plates that often feature salty finger food. That's what it's like at Bushido Izakaya, where a roster of sake and contemporary small plates recalls Japanese pub food. The executive chef, Isamu Kanai, has forged a menu that declares his mastery of sustainable seafood. Indeed, his expertise is such that his work earned acclaim from the California Academy of Sciences and the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Cooking for Solutions event.
Within Bushido, albacore tuna stars in seared sashimi plates punched up with ponzu sauce and garlic chili oil. A medley of seafood, beef, and bacon sits atop okonomiyaki, a savory pancake akin to pizza. Grilled chicken skewers, braised pork belly with daikon radish, and crispy wings coated in sweet sesame sauce represent for the nonseafood section. All of this changes seasonally along with the decor, which mimics the Japanese landscape by modifying its color scheme and occasionally featuring Mechagodzilla.