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BashaMichi - Japanese in Millbrae


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BashaMichi - Japanese in Millbrae

mr_darcy | Oct 20, 2013 03:34 PM

Anybody else tried it?

I went last night after reading that they have Japanese wagyu. I have to say I was a bit surprised - I had driven past this place so many times and just assumed it to be an American-ized teriyaki type place, based on the signage and location (it's in a motel on El Camino halfway between the Millbrae and San Bruno BART stations).

It was a pleasant surprise - we ordered the wagyu tataki (shown in the picture), a salmon rice ball, root vegetables and chicken stew, and beef tendon stew. We liked everything we ordered - the salmon rice ball was probably our favorite, with a decent portion of salmon in the middle (for a rice ball at least) and just the right amount of salt. I asked for them to sear the tataki a bit more than normal, so the attached picture might not be that representative.

They also had a Japanese F1 wagyu steak for $7 / ounce (avg. portion is 10 ounces), which seemed like a great price compared to other places - the sign didn't say exactly where in Japan the wagyu was from though. I'd be curious to hear any reports about that one - $70 seemed like a little too much for us to risk on our first meal there.

From the menu, the name BashaMichi is apparently the name of a street in Japan that was used by Westerners heavily when Japan first opened up to the Western world. I think it's a reference to the Western influence on their menu.

Finally, this was probably the first restaurant we've come across that served Lupicia tea - we tried an apple / green tea one that was nice.

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