I had a wonderful dinner at Yasu in downtown San Jose. If you know what Nobu in New York is like, you will have an idea of Yasu. It has this upscale look, and it serves Californian food with Japanese influences. Chef-owner Brett Yasukawa hates the term fusion, so don't ever whisper that word in his restaurant!
My friend JD and I shared (everything is family-style) a San Jose Tofu appetizer with a dual-layer sesame dressing which was to die for. The extremely friendly and chatty server told us Brett was in talks with various companies about selling his sauces in stores. Another sppetizer was salmon skin (with quite a bit of meat surprisingly). Both beautifully-presented dishes were under $10 each!
We also ordered three main dishes: tri-tip, pulled pork, and duck breast. All were very good, and quite large in portion. The pulled pork over rice with Brett's own BBQ sauce was slightly disappointing because it really looked/tasted like an American dish with absolutely no Japanese influences. Actually none of the three main dishes tasted Japanese, even though they were all very good.
Yasu, with a limited menu, offers a great selection of sake at fantastic prices. We had a bottle of Hana no Mai (Dance of Flowers) junmai daiginjo for a bit over $50. I've had many inexpensive bottles of Hana no Mai at various sushi houses, but they are all regular junmai bottles.
Even the desert was great, a pair of brownies with Brett's own not-too-sweet creme anglaise. The chatty servers brought us a pair of complimentary dessert wine, each with a plum inside.