Had a decent dinner at this new place in downtown San Mateo. Kaz has been making take-out fare next to the Suruki supermarket and now has taken over the spot that housed Den, another Japanese place that bit the dust recently. (The location does seem to be jinxed --many restaurants have come and gone).
Ramen fans will be glad to know that Kaz serves up twelve different offerings and, while it's not as good as Santa or Halu, it holds its own. My husband had Hakata ramen; broth was full-bodied and the noodles were a little soft, but still chewy enough.
We also ordered yakinasu (eggplant), which was so-so, tebasaki (salted chicken wings - quite good), and buta (pork) kimchee (a bit oily but tasty). I had a few pieces of nigiri and they were tasty. Miso soup was okay.
The menu consists of a large amount of small plates, ramen, sushi, and various dinner entrees (katsu curry, yosenabe, ebi fry, etc., etc.). At lunch they serve udon and donburi as well.
Be warned that they don't have their liquor license yet but some customers brought in their own beer. This place isn't as good as the izakaya in the South Bay, but it's a welcome addition to the Peninsula.
30 South B Street
Lunch - Mon-Sat 11:30 - 2:30
Dinner - Mon - Th 5:30 - 9:30; Fri & Sat 5:30 - 10:00
Next door to Capellini's