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Wendy_san | Aug 29, 200606:21 PM     1

We have been to this Japanese izakaya/sushi bar a number of times and were back on Sunday. This place has good quality food and a wide variety of offerings. This time, instead of a lot of small plates, we ordered two appetizers and two entrees. Starters were ika karaage, which was tasty but the batter was a little too hard. Clams in broth was delicious and the portion was generous. My husband had the dinner special ($10.75), a huge portion of tonkatsu and a side dish of tuna sashimi along with rice, miso soup, and salad. I chose tenzaru udon, something you can't always get in the Bay Area -- it will usually be soba. I wasn't expecting much but the udon was quite good (thick and chewy, which is how I like it and similar to what I had in Nagoya last year). Tempura was decent. I'm wondering how Rokko's udon in soup would taste since good udon-ya's are so hard to find. Our bill, with one order of sake, and one Kirin draft beer, came to approximately $50 before tip.

I sure wish we had a restaurant this good and of this type on the Peninsula. A long time ago Hotaru in San Mateo filled the bill, but it has gone downhill in my opinion. Sakae and Yuzu are quite good, but are mainly sushi places and are higher priced. You have to at least go to Cupertino to get this kind of food, it seems -- SIGH!

Rokko's Sunnyvale location is at: 190 S. Frances Street. They also have a new branch in San Jose at: 55 So. Market, which I have not been to.

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