As a photographer, I get excited when going out to eat when my meal is visually appealing along with being tasty.
I’m a big fan of the plates coming out from the kitchen at Iyasare restaurant in Berkeley’s Fourth Street shopping district. The restaurant’s owner/chef, Shotaro Kamio, is elevating Japanese cuisine with his […]Read the full post →
One thing I never could understand about the extremely popular Ramen Shop in Rockridge is why it never sold food in its large front bar. Instead, the space was often where crowds dwelled (granted with some well-balanced drinks in hand) while waiting for a table.
Now because of opportunity and the desire to reduce the wait […]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 →
The story: Seems like most of the new ramen shops opening up in San Francisco lately have been second locations of established winners instead of newcomers. And the latest example is Orenchi Beyond, the cleverly named, sophisticated city version of the extremely popular Santa Clara Orenchi. The original Santa Clara location has notorious lines (sometimes […]Read the full post →
The story: Iyasare took over the spot of O Chame restaurant in Berkeley’s Fourth Street shopping district, and is the personal project of Chef Shotaro Kamio, formerly of Yoshi’s. The sophisticated Japanese restaurant features the cooking style of Kamio’s native Tohoku in Japan.
Why I went: The spot was the latest gathering for our regular […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: Soon after the redo, Patterson decided it still wasn’t working and closed Plum, using the space for an expanded PB Bar.
The story: Chef Daniel Patterson, known for his fine-dining Coi in San Francisco, opened his first Oakland restaurant in Uptown and called it Plum, eventually spawning an adjacent Plum Bar. Over the years, […]Read the full post →
The story: San Francisco’s Japantown has seen an influx of ramen imports coming from far and wide after years of being bypassed by ramen diehards for the Peninsula and South Bay. The latest addition came last month in the form of Shalala Ramen, which is the second location of the three-year-old Shalala in Mountain View.
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The ramen scene has been growing in San Francisco but still not as exciting as San Mateo or San Jose. Now things might be changing with the arrival of L.A.-based Ramen Yamadaya.
The ramen restaurant group, with five locations in the Los Angeles area, opened its first Northern California spot earlier this year right in […]Read the full post →
While I love sushi, I know there’s probably more to Japanese food than raw fish and rice. So lately I’ve been exploring Japanese food in the city, hoping to stretch my understanding of this cuisine.
One of the highly recommended locations for authentic Japanese food is the longtime Kappou Gomi restaurant in San Francisco’s Richmond […]Read the full post →
Kappa is a treasure that’s been hiding in San Francisco’s Japantown for more than 20 years.
A tiny restaurant owned by husband-and-wife team Toshiaki and Rumiko Kimura (he cooks, she serves), the restaurant is on the second floor of a longtime Japantown building that is now home for mostly karaoke clubs. (The building used to […]Read the full post →
Sawtelle Boulevard in West Los Angeles is like the second Japantown in Southern California with all the Japanese restaurants in a three-block span.
While visiting my sister with my nephew and Mom last weekend, I suggested going to Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles for some ramen. But at dinnertime, Tsujita only sells ramen […]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 →
UPDATE: This restaurant closed in June 2015 when the owner wanted to spend time with his growing family.
Kare-Ken means “curry house” in Japanese, but this new spot on Jones Street is more like a studio apartment than a house.
The tiny spot only has room for a long counter that seats about eight, so […]Read the full post →
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