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Red Crane (Cupertino)

Claudette | Mar 21, 2008 08:28 PM

Just had a good enough dinner there to add this to my regular rotation of favorite restaurants. An intimate, casual-but-stylish space in a strip mall with very friendly service, specializing in unusual Japanese small plates as well as selected sushi/sashimi items and uncommon rolls (maki).

The Kobe beef ($15) was my favorite dish: thin slices of marbled deliciousness over crispy noodles and onions. I've had Kobe three times before (once at Alexander's) and this dish had them beat hands down. Next favorites were the BS Roll (raw scallops lightly seared with bacon bits, garlic chips and cucumber, $11) and the best sauteed pea shoots ever (smoky with shiitake, caramelized onions, and garlic, $5). The crispy calamari ($9) and crab cakes ($12) were good, but a bit boring compared to the other dishes.

Less successful were the char siu cod (moist and tender, but too sweet for me, although hubby loved it, $14) and the bland shaking beef tenderloin (what was I thinking, ordering tenderloin?!, $13). We were too full for dessert, but will return for the various Asian-flavored panna cottas and red bean slushie. Seven dishes, 1 soda, 3 teas = $80 before t/t, and we were stuffed.

Red Crane
7335 Bollinger Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 725-1990

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