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AS B-Dama [Oakland]

felice | Jan 7, 201510:36 PM

I hadn't ever been to the original B-Dama, but the new location in Swan's Marketplace is a hit. Just a few months after opening, they are quite popular during lunch hour. Both times I had the lunch set - the lure of many different dishes on a tray was just too much. But, I've been wanting to try their udon and hand rolled sushi. Any other hounds tried it yet?

The miso soup, salad, pickles (both times takuan) are all well above average, not afterthoughts. The tempura in the lunch set is not fried to order (understandable given the lunch crowd) and served at room temperature. It's the only part of the lunch set that I have mixed feelings about.

As for the main component of the lunch set, I tried the chicken karaage and grilled salmon. Both were excellent. The portion of chicken was huge and it is cooked and served bone in, which probably adds to my perception that the portion size is large.

I liked the food and am grateful for such a solid Japanese option in this neighborhood. And it's a better value in my opinion than most of the other places in Swan's. Can't wait to try the rest of the menu. If the udon is good, they will be getting most of my lunch money.

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