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Izakaya ranking

stuart | Nov 30, 200501:22 PM

This list was on a Japanese information exchange forum and thought I'd see what you guys here thought of it. This is pretty much the same list I get when I talk to the Japanese business men who eat out all the time, except IZAKAYA is usually lower than Rokko and Saizo.

Here's the list and a translation of the OP's thoughts:

1.Tanto (San Jose): Best even after all the newcomers
2.Gochi: Went 5 times since it opened a month ago, but they still didn't remember me
3.IZAKAYA: Low-key, non-fancy in a good way
4.Rokko: Used to have better food; sat at the counter but the chef ignored me the entire time
5.Saizo: Friendly to regulars; the grill cook needs more training
6.Tanto (Sunnyvale): The food is not as good after the move
7.Yumeya: Counter seats are recommended; the chef served various small plates on the house
8.Ando: Serves regular food disguised as izakaya food 9.Rakuni (San Mateo): Showa[~40 yrs ago]-Ambiance; decent food.
10.Akachouchin: Very average

My opinion:
I think Gochi is generally better than either Tanto, but their menu is so big that some of the items just aren't as good as others. I had a very disappointing meal at Tanto (Saratoga) recently, and the service there is not as good as Tanto Sunnyvale.

I didn't think much of IZAKAYA and neither did my Japanese friends. I would rate Saizo much higher than IZAKAYA, and I think the grill cook at Saizo is very good at what he does.

I agree that Tanto (Sunnyvale) after the move is not as good as it was, but maybe that's because the chef went to Gochi.

Yumeya is great, especially if you have a Japanese-speaker (who can also read) with you.

I haven't been to the rest of the places, but now I'm itching to try Rokko. I've heard quite a few people say it's a very decent Izakaya.

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