The Menlo Park branch of Gombei is always a reliable choice, says Wendy_San, though she isn’t so impressed with the San Jose branch. katg and OnceUponABite echo the recommendation. The excellent food and charmingly overbearing service make it a destination. Some advice: get there early so you don’t have to wait in line, and bring cash–it’s cash only.

Gombei Japanese Restaurant [Peninsula]
1438 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

Gombei Japanese Restaurant [South Bay]
193 Jackson St., San Jose

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