Dan Izakaya Restaurant
San Jose | Attention uni lovers! Here comes a must try food for you guys! The Uni with Ikura Don comes with a generous serving of uni pieces, ikura and a soft poached egg all over the rice in a stone pot. Who can say no to a bowl of uni! Can you? The uni pieces are really fresh and plump that it totally melts in your mouth, I feel like I am in the ocean in each spoon. The burst of saltiness from the ikura balances out the sweetness of the uni and compliments each other well. Mixing up everything in the bowl gives a creamy and fresh flavor. Yes I know it's fattening to eat the whole pot of rice alone, but who can resist a bowl of heaven?! _california
Tanto Japanese Restaurant – Sunnyvale, CA
Another S&A recommendation (yes, they are our personal restaurant guide). We had reservations for 8pm on a Friday night; reservations are very much recommended because it is not a big place and waits can get long because customers tend to sit around drink and eat for quite a while.
I guess it is the whole izakaya concept – small plates of all kinds of dishes (fried, broiled, grilled) paired with an extensive list of drinks. Perfect to sit around, have a few laughs with good food and drinks.
(I didn’t take pictures of the restaurant, and it was so full that I did not what to weird other people out by taking pictures of them). Here are some sample menu items instead~
Boiled green beans – standard like every other edamame u get.
Salt broiled beef tongue
This was delicious!!! It was definitely one of the better prepared beef tongues I have had. Chewy and crunchy, cut to the right thickness and very very flavourful.
Kurobata Shabu Shabu Salad $7.95
Boiled sliced pork salad
The pork in the salad was a crowd pleaser. A very light salad which is a good contrast to our other dishes. Personally, I thought it was almost too light and a little bland.
Aigamo Tataki $10.50
Seared duck breast (sliced)
One of my favourites of the night, but I am biased when it comes to duck especially well prepared duck. I was impressed at how well this duck breast was cooked – it has a light vinegratte to give it some acid. Might not be a dish for individuals who don’t like gami-ness in their meat, as it is prominent in the dish.
Gyu Ishiyaki $12.50
Hot Stone plate beef
This is a definite crowd pleaser. The beef is mixed and cook in the crazy hot stone bowl at the table. So the early rate pieces were delicious. Flavourful, perfect over rice and oh so tender.
Anago Tamagotoji $8.50
Eel simmered with egg
Good dish. Nothing exciting, very simple light broth with extremely soft silky tofu. The texture of the well becomes quite weird tho. Not too bad.
Tai Yakimeshi $18.50
Fried rice cooked with red snapper.
This dish looked way cooler when it got placed on the table. It had a giant red snapper head rice on the top and the server debones it and then mixes everything, then portioned it into our bowls for us.
I really enjoyed this. It is not very seasoned but you can season w chili peppers or soy sauce at your own discretion. The fish becomes little flakes mixed w the rice – like a japanese version of Bibimbap~
Total damage – not too sure coz A picked up the tab (Thanks A!) but estimated about $25 a pop for a decent size meal~
Personal rating – 3.5 out of 5 (Very good)
Dishes were all good or very good.The menu is ridiculously extensive (over 30 items per page of a 2 page menu). So I have not tried a lot of them, for now 3.25 seems fair. Service was slow, ambiance was great with lots of noise, drinking, laughing and food all around us, prices were reasonable for their value.
Note: This place is easy to miss when driving by at night. It is literally right next to a KFC and looks like a little shack. Their sign is tiny compared to some Bikini Bar sign right above theirs as you drive close to the plaza so you might miss it.
Tanto Japanese Restaurant
1063 E El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Tanto Japanese Restaurant specializes in traditional and non-traditional Japanese cuisine. Their location is in San Jose, CA. They have been in service at their current location since 2004 and their chef has over 15 years of sushi experience.
The reviews of Tanto Japanese Restaurant's food are extremely positive. Customers seem to enjoy the rolls the most, stating the restaurant has a large variety of them. Reviewers found the prices to be fair, though some mention certain dishes can be a bit pricey.
Reviewers found the atmosphere at Tanto Japanese Restaurant to be calm and friendly, stating the ambience is traditional and nice. Reviewers found little congestion, though some reviews mention a longer wait time during busy hours.
Customer reviews found the service at Tanto Japanese Restaurant to be excellent. Reviews mention the staff to be both knowledgeable and friendly. The waiting time is minimal, though some reviewers thought certain cooked dishes took a bit longer to prepare.