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Quite decent dinner at Naomi, Menlo Park (with excellent sake)

Vincent Lo | Dec 9, 200406:51 AM

Went to Naomi for a solo dinner. Ordered omakase at the sushi bar.

After learning I'm into sake, the chef-owner went inside and served me some outstanding Sho Chiku Bai junmai daiginjo from Japan. I really thought that would cost at least $20, but I was only charged $14. I also got extremely generous pours (partly because the lady had trouble pouring sake out of those huge bottles). :-)

The first course was small scallops sauteed with mushrooms and bell peppers. Good taste but the scallops could have taken less time to cook (i.e. a bit chewy). The second course was oyster, ankimo, and some white fish with spicy sauce. That was very good. A tad too spicy for me. The third course was the weakest, some sort of fish tempura. Honestly I've never had good tempura in this country. =) The assorted sushi that followed wasn't up to the best standard in the Bay Area, but it certainly was better than 90% of the Japanese restaurants. I think only Koma and Kaygetsu have better sushi than Naomi in Palo Alto/Menlo Park, at higher prices of course. The whole thing was only $45 before tip/tax/alcohol, and the chef-owner definitely doesn't have an attitude like those at other places.

Definitely worth trying.

Final grade: A- (Food was more like B+ but the friendliness and the diversity of the omakase dinner were a bonus.)


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