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Changes in downtown San Mateo (Chinese, Japanese)

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Changes in downtown San Mateo (Chinese, Japanese)

K K | Jun 1, 2008 08:15 AM

Yup I don't get out that much, but this is what is coming

Former SF resident Chika that relocated down to San Mateo, that transformed from a humble eatery to a place that did a mix of common Japanese (and nailed down basics great) with Yoshoku like hamburg steak in a mildly upscale environment, occupying a former Vietnamese fusion restaurant (Camranh Bay) and Chinese buffet place, is now out of business, Looks like some pizza joint will occupy that space. (Three words, BAD Feng Shui.)

Andy Wai's restaurant is supposedly no more. Didn't walk by it, but the main man himself apparently left the restaurant. I believe today might even be the last day of business.
(Supreme talent, I suppose he partnered with people who didn't run the restaurant properly as witnessed by staff turnover, management issues, and a struggling restaurant business/market.)

A few doors down from Himawari, is a place yet to be opened but calling itself Sweet Breams. It is going to specialize in taiyaki which as of now you can only get it from May's Coffee Shop in SF J-town (the pancake like batter with red bean inside grilled in some cast iron mold so it comes out looking like a mini red snapper). I'm not setting any expectations for this place for my own reasons.

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