It had been a while since my husband and I had dined at Hatcho in Santa Clara. Saturday night we went with another couple and it was just as delicious as we remembered. Hatcho has very authentic Japanese food and a wide variety of dishes, including a number of izaka-ya type appetizers. We shared all dishes.
Appetizers were: agedashi tofu (deep fried tofu); deep fried flounder (karei); four large oysters; and chicken and eggplant in miso.
For the entree we shared yosenabe, which was cooked at the table (seafood, vegetables, and chicken in a seasoned broth with ponzu dipping sauce). This dish was said to feed two-three people, but it fed the four of us quite well. At the end of the meal, the server made zosui, a porridge consisting of putting rice and egg into the yosenabe broth. This is something usually done in homecooking and which you can't get at many restaurants.
The bill came to $129 before tip and included a small bottle of sake, two glasses of white wine, and a pitcher of Kirin draft beer.
Hatcho has a large menu and serves sushi as well as more typical Japanese fare (teriyaki, sukiyaki, etc.) but also offers a kaiseki course and omakase opportunities. The tatami rooms are especially nice and private and have wells for comfort.
On a Saturday night the place wasn't too full -- I hope they can survive. Unfortunately they are in a rather out-of-the-way place, but they are really worth looking for.
1271 Franklin Mall