If you order right, you can get a variety of great dishes from Yume-ya at a surprisingly reasonable price. Chowhounds avoid the sushi, sashimi, and grilled dishes, but brothy, stewed dishes are good bets, and the fried stuff is excellent. Melanie Wong likes kabocha (pumpkin) croquettes the best, with golden-brown, crackly panko breading and a soft, creamy filling of silken-textured pumpkin puree. Dip them in the tart and savory tonkatsu sauce to cut through the sweetness and fried richness. Agedashi mochi, a special, features masterfully prepared dashi with a subtle and haunting flavor. And one of the best parts: the bill for two, including five dishes, dessert, tea, and tax, is around $29.

Yume-ya [South Bay]
formerly Thai Angel
150 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale

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