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Lakuni (San Mateo) - another review

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Lakuni (San Mateo) - another review

Han Lukito | Oct 27, 2002 02:27 PM

Lakuni is a small place with about a dozen bar stools. When we first entered the place, no one was inside probably due to the world series since most Japanese like baseball. The funny thing was the owner/chef told us that we are probably in the wrong place since they do not offer sushi/sashimis. We have not even said anything to him yet. Maybe because we (me and a friend) do not look like Japanese which is 99% of his clientele.

But we finally told him that we wanted to try his cooking and that we found him thru another friend at a chowhound website.

First we got a starter that looks like a root vegetable braised until soft in a dark sweet soy based sauce. Tasted a bit sweet, very nice and tender.

Next, tuna sashimi in white paste dressing that is tasteless. Not my favorite.

Grilled long and skinny fish: nicely browned and can eaten whole from head to toe. Fresh and good.

Meat skewers: beef, liver meats on skewers. EXCELLENT ! This is definitely his forte. The seasonings are just right.

Oyster in half shell baked with some orange seasonings on top. Very nice melding of flavor.

Chicken on skewer is also good although I like a bit more seasonings.

Ramen is very good. It has thinly sliced pork. The broth is tasty and the noodles has good texture.

Teriyaki chicken is also excellent. You can't go wrong with this dish really. But the teriyaki sauce has good flavor.

Total bill is $50 - what a deal !!

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