Several of us gathered for lunch at Seiya in San Carlos. I didn't take notes so this is what I remember:
Geisha Roll: Broiled asparagus, tobiko topped with sliced lemon and salmon, yuzu, cucumber - very light tasting, some felt there was too much lemon $12
Hanabi Roll: Baked California roll topped with salmon, spicy mayo, unagi glaze, tobiko & scallions - everyone really liked this one, especially the addition of the unagi glaze $14
Yasai Tempura - Assorted vegetable tempura - competently fried, the usual assortment with the addition of 2 slices of lotus root and some okra $8.00
Tempura shrimp for each - very light hand with tempura batter $2.00 ea
Sashimi: Hamachi & Albacore - 5 pcs. of each - very fresh, cut slightly thicker than what I've previously seen - $12.00 per order
Butabara - pork belly skewers from the Robata grill - to me this didn't taste particularly porky nor did it really seem like pork belly. That said, there was nothing wrong with it... $3.00/skewer (we had 2).
A special of the day was a Spanish Mackerel served 3 ways: Sashimi, marinated and deep fried skeleton - beautifully served and very delicious. Didn't think I liked this fish but have changed my mind... $20. Photo says it all.
Fresh wasabi side order - $2.00 - so nice - made a good palate cleanser.
We had a curry dish that was the only downer of the day, not very tasty, only thing we didn't finish.
There was a diced pork belly thing over rice in an iron pot - rice got crispy on the bottom but I don't see it on the take-out menu.
I think the tab including tax and tip was $30/pp.
I will go back as there are lots of things on the menu I'd like to try (Ankimo pate with garlic ponzu, Onsen tamago somen - poached egg over Japanese noodle in dashi broth, Fish tacos Seiya style - I think I heard they use nori in place of the tortilla, some of the other rolls, Daikon salad - w/ salmon skin, radish, mizuna, bonito flakes, kaiware, garlic ponzu. Might be interesting to try omakase nigiri and/or sashimi....
Hopefully someone else will add to this as I can't remember if we had anything else.
Service was good. Not a quiet place, all hard surfaces so when it filled up with the lunch crowd it became difficult to be heard. Must be a zoo at dinner.
741 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA 94070
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