A very close friend of mine has come down with a major digestive illness that requires that she consume *no* fat (less than 10 grams per meal). She's out of the hospital awaiting surgery, but until she's fixed up, this means that virtually the only food she can reliably eat in a restaurant is sushi.
As she's had a hard time lately, I've been wanting to take her out, but this is difficult.
Unfortunately, Japanese food is the only cuisine I've found that almost totally does not appeal to me. I don't eat much in the way of carbohydrates, so strike off rice and noodles. I don't like seaweed. Tempura has struck me as bland and teriyaki too sweet (I freely admit I may have had substandard versions of these, but these experiences have made me gunshy).
My question: Can you tell me about any places in the greater bay area that serve both sushi and non-Japanese food so we could both get something we like? I like something in virtually every other cuisine I've tried, it's just that Japanese has really not worked out for me. We found a place in Santa Cruz that had sushi and Thai and that was good, but a bit too far afield for making it a regular thing. (I'm on the peninsula, she's in SF. We're also regularly in San Jose, Oakland, and Walnut Creek.)
Conversely, any suggestions on Japanese food I might like, and places that serve it and sushi too? I like to think of myself as having a fairly well-developed palate, but it just hasn't yet worked out with Japanese food. I'm willing to try again, though.
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