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Sakae Sushi in Burlingame

Jeff S | Nov 12, 2004 07:00 PM

So we finally made it down to Burlingame for Sushi at this spot I keep hearing about. It was fun to wisk someone freshly off a plane into the small space for a rather good meal.

The two of us sat at the sushi bar and ordered drinks. I had a nice flight of three sakes which I enjoyed but cannot remember. They might have a menu of choices, but flights were posted on the wall in handwritten signs. 3 types for $12.

We then ordered from the chef, with our plan to try lots of the fish they had on a board of specials. Ended up with asking the chef for his choice fresh and interesting assortment of 4 types of sashimi (knowing it would also be rather expensive).

- Large live prawns (they almost got away from him)
- Halibut
- Bass fish (not sure of japanes name
- Toro

The arrangement was very nice, with lemon for the hirame and tobiko for the prawns.

Over the next half hour our orders for indidual sushi were dribbled out. The main chef does all the fish cutting and sushi. The pace was great, with four pieces coming out at once, until we were getting full.

I think we had : Kampachi, Salmon, Tai, Spanish Mackeral (with sisho leaf, very interesting) and one other. Everything was very clean, very fresh. The lighter fish had skin on, which added much to the flavoring.

Our neighbor at the bar was eating a cooked dish, which we also ordered: Giant clam pieces with asparagus and shitakes. This was a nice end, a buttery sauce and some rice to top us off.

Overall, I rate this a top for sushi in the bay area. The fish is excellent, but overall the pacing and flavors were the strong points. All of us at the bar had fun, talking and sharing.

Link: http://www.sakaesushi.com/index.htm

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