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Chowdown Report: Sumiya in Santa Clara

PekoePeony | Feb 23, 201011:27 AM

Last night seven 'hounds gathered for dinner at Sumiya in Santa Clara. About a year ago the old location on Moorpark in San Jose burned down, and they've been since serving at the new location in a strip mall next to Dasaprakesh. A big thanks to Melanie for organizing!!

Although it was a Monday night, the restaurant was quite busy. Since the restaurant focused mostly on charcoal grilled items, we ordered many yakitori skewers as well as other small plates. Some of their skewers had various flavoring options such as salt, sauce, spicy, garlic, yuzu, ume, wasabi, miso -- the one we chose are listed below.


* Mi - Chicken Thigh (spicy)
* Tsukune - Chicken Meatballs (sauce)
* Hatsu - Chicken Hearts (salt)
* Sunagimo - Chicken Gizzards (garlic)
* Hiza Nankotsu - Chicken Knee Cartlilage Bones (salt)
* Teba - Chicken Wings (salt)
* Sasimi - Chicken Breast (yuzugoshou)
* Butabura - Pork Belly Meat (salt)
* Gyutan - Beef Tongue (salt)
* Kamo - Duck Breast (salt)
* Ika - Monterey Squid (salt)
* Chicken Skin (salt)

Small Plates:

* Gobo Fries - Fried burdock root
* Tatsuta-age - Fried chicken thigh meat
* Crispy Chicken Skin Dip - Crispy chicken skin served with octopus salsa dip
* Kurobuta Sausage Links - Served with sauerkraut and dijon mustard
* Yaki Onigiri - Grilled rice balls
* Crunchy garlic pork chashu slices
* Ume Chazuke - Yaki onigiri in lightly salted chicken soup with pickled plum, kimchee on side

Overall I thought the food was fine but the skewers needed more charring as they were on the soft side and didn't have enough charring / smokiness. We ordered gizzards twice, and the second time they were better as they were more cooked and had a richer, more charcoal-y taste. My favorite dishes of the night were the squid skewers, the octopus dip, the kurobuta sausage links, and the rice balls. Normally I love chicken skin and cartllage, but the skewers yesterday night weren't smoky/crispy enough.

Overall with a 20% off coupon from Melanie, dinner came out to a very reasonable $18/person including tax and tip. The restaurant also gives copious free fresh cabbage with ponzu vinaigrette, which was nice to contrast with all the meat.

Vincent, Melanie and Vijay also shared a bottle of Izumi Judan "Tenth Degree" sake.

2634 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

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