The story: The one-month-old Shinmai brings another ramen shop to Oakland, and surrounds its noodle offerings with high-end izakaya small bites in a hip, splashy big space on the outer edge of the Uptown neighborhood. It’s the brainchild of Yingji Huang, who also owns Montclair’s Kakui sushi restaurant.
Why I went: Always on the hunt […]Read the full post →
The story: Restaurateur Jonathan Moon (Blackwater Station) closed his Temescal izakaya Kushido to re-imagine the space as an Asian fusion concept, but scrapped those plans and went back to the izakaya format with his newly opened Hina Yakitori, which focuses on grilled chicken parts.
Why I went: I was working on a piece […]Read the full post →
The story: Husband-and-wife Daiki and Sanae Saito opened Kiraku more than four years ago, bringing the izakaya (or Japanese gastropub) experience to Berkeley. The location was attractive because of the cheap rent, but the food they deliver offers a refined touch to the traditional izakaya.
Why I went: I was doing some research on izakaya in […]Read the full post →
The story: Okane is the new izakaya by restaurateur Kash Feng, who opened the popular Omakase sushi restaurant in SOMA. Omakase was opened as a tasting menu-only dinner spot offering up chef’s choices (the English translation of omakase) while Okane, which is right next door, is a little larger but offers a more casual […]Read the full post →
The story: B-Dama, a Japanese izakaya (like a gastropub), originally opened on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, not too far from the owners’ longtime popular neighborhood hole-in-the-wall Geta Restaurant. But after maybe two years, owners Chikara Ono and Kosuke Muranaka closed the restaurant and decided to give the B-Dama concept a second chance as a counter-only food […]Read the full post →
SAN MATEO, Calif.
Since I don’t own a car, I basically focus my eating adventures around San Francisco and the East Bay. But recently I caught a ride with my friend Sandy of Foodhoe’s Foraging as we met up with another foodie friend Edda in San Mateo.
Edda of A Housewive’s Tale blog […]Read the full post →
My impression of izakaya – the Japanese casual drinking spots akin to a gastropub – is that of hearty dining with lots of drinking and laughing. The Bay Area has experienced an uptrend of izakaya showcasing grilled food (yakitori) and small bites, but Izakaya Yuzuki seems to break the mold.
Refined. Exquisite. Delicate. Transformational. These […]Read the full post →
Ippuku has a loyal following for its izakaya offerings. On most nights, you’d walk into a cloud of smoke in the Berkeley dining room as the grill masters cook up a variety of skewers.
But on Friday and Saturday, Ippuku opens up early and the grill is quiet except for a few snack items because […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: The restaurant was purchased by a Japanese conglomerate and will close in August 2015 and reopen in October under a new name.
There’s no doubt that the Japanese izakaya is the new pizzeria in San Francisco. A lot of new restaurants or plans for new restaurants play on the model of Japanese small bites […]Read the full post →
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Snaps on the Go
- A Review of Hinodeya Ramen Bar in San Francisco
- First Look at Copper Spoon in Oakland
- Discovering the Japanese Chicken Burrito at Kichi Grill in San Francisco
- Punch Drunk Brunch Still on Point at San Francisco’s 15 Romolo
- A Review of Gibson Inside Hotel Bijou in San Francisco
- Laboring Over My Thai Tea Gelatin Recipe