The upside of eating out isn’t just that the food is better than at home—it’s also that you don’t have to poison the corrupt king’s porridge yourself. Keep your hands clean with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $17 for $35 worth of Japanese dinner
- $49 for a five-course pre fixe meal for two (a $99 value)
- $95 for a five-course pre fixe meal for four (a $198 value)
The menu showcases a range of traditional Japanese meals including tonkatsu ($10) breaded pork cutlets, a black-cod-fillet dinner ($22), and octopus nigiri ($5). Prix fixe meals include a variety of choices for each course, including miso soup or edamame, seaweed or spinach-avocado salads, goyza or vegetable tempura, broiled salmon or a sushi set, and gâteau chocolat or homemade flan.
Since its 2001 opening, Chiso has been dedicated to crafting traditional Japanese fare. The Fremont restaurant makes it a point to import customary ingredients, including Japanese fish and Okinawan seaweed, for its dishes, which include Japanese appetizers called ippins.
Know Your Ippin
Chiso's ippin selection includes staples of Japanese cuisine, such as shrimp and pork gyoza. However, the restaurant also serves more obscure items with distinct flavors, such as free-range chicken wings with shichimi peppers and lime juice and chawanmushi, a savory egg custard made with seafood and shiitake mushrooms.
Although Chiso offers dishes ranging from chirashi to tempura, sushi remains the menu's star. Imported fish and seasonal, locally sourced ingredients come together in maki, nigiri, and sashimi rolls, such as the gari saba, made with fresh mackerel complemented by spicy ginger and shiso leaf.