I recently moved to Thousand Oaks for my job. To celebrate the first day of me working after 11 months of "vacation", we decided to go for Japanese food but did not want to drive too far away for it.
We stumbled across Cho Cho San (http://www.chochosan.com/loc.html#to) earlier this week when we were exploring our neighbourhood. I was hesitant to go to this place as yelp.com yielded only one so-so review and I couldn't find anything on chowhound.com (I was in a bit of hurry though, found some comments after the dinner!).
The specialties of this place are sushi and teppanyaki. However, I wasn't in the mood for raw fish or sitting in front of the teppan. We had a booth. The waitress was really attentive and hoovered discretely some distance away from our booth.
The food for tonight consisted of:
- Gyoza: Steaming hot and oily. Wee bit too salty and the gyoza sauce tasted only of sesame oil and not much else. However, it went well with the ponzu sauce that they placed on the table with the Kikkoman soy sauce (both the regular and lite version).
- Crispy Roll: Basically a roll with krab salad and tempura shrimp coated with tempura crisps. 8 decent pieces for $8.95. Pretty tasty. I am not one for wasabi and soy sauce and I had this with the nice ponzu sauce.
- Beef teriyaki & mixed tempura bento: Served with miso soup,steamed rice, house salad with a weird dressing, edamame, krab silvers & cucumber strips in rice vinegar and the typical orange slice. I thought it was a bit pricey at $16.95 for such a bento since I was used to bento boxes priced at $12. However, the beef teriyaki was a decent piece of Angus beef that tasted really good, not too fatty as one would usually expect of cheap beef teriyaki. Miso soup was ok. Was disappointed with the rice as I felt it wasn't sticky enough. The krab silvers & cucumber strips were refreshing in the rice vinegar dressing though. (I didn't had much of this as this was my husband's order).
- Udon with mixed tempura ($7.95). You can't really go wrong with udon and they didn't. Nice soup that's not too salty with chewy udon that you can slurp right up. There were 2 slices of beancurd (not bad) and 2 krab sticks (which I thought was out of place) together with the typical soup seaweed in the soup. Tempura was tasty without being oily and the dipping sauce was just nice.
Nothing to die for. However, I felt that $46 (incl of tax and tips) for a decent Japanese dinner for 2 was not too bad (especially since it's minutes away from home and work!).
Will visit this place again in the future.