We all know that the bay area has few places that really do it for you. We live in an area where it seems a carbon copy is the norm. Sadly.
Dan. It is a place at the corner of Payne and Saratoga. Oh my lord... it is a place you should check out.
We have all been to the carbon copy Japanese places. This is the breath of fresh air we have been looking for.
To start with, the sake drink menu is hidden behind barley and potato spirits. Don't order them on ice.
Massive selections for small plates boggles the mind. I am sure a bowl of udon is the norm for the regulars but damn there were too many fun things to order. I was a kid in a candy shop. Beef tongue, monkfish liver, grilled chicken skin, marinated cucumber salad, grilled duck, and many more that I cannot remember.
Absolutely a place where your appetite can exceed your wallet. Frankly they serve stuff you do not see many other places so it is fun to go hog wild and have fun ordering. I know I did. Gladly so.
Check it out.. I know it is a place that I want more.