Five hounds gathered at the bar at Sakae in Burlingame last night. Only Osho had eaten there before.
The whiteboard was full of interesting treats: wild Alaskan salmon, amberjack, bonito. Noticing a sashimi dinner for 2, we asked for an assortment for ~$45 per person, featuring some of the highlights on the board.
The exquisite sashimi platters included: amaebi (raw sweet prawn), bright orange Cooper River salmon, Hokkaido scallop topped with Santa Barbara uni and a few ikura, otoro (mid fatty tuna), seared katsuo (bonito), medai (butterfish), and kanpachi (amberjack) plus a couple of pieces of maguro.
We supplemented this with nigiri we hadn't tried (ankimo--monkfish liver, aji--Spanish mackerel and saba - mackerel, engawa --halibut fin, and ikura with quail eggs) and a bowl of fish collar and jaw in broth with daikon.
True to form, we talked mostly about restaurants, and stressful dates in restaurants, continuing out on the sidewalk where we managed to nearly close the place.
Total with generous tip was just over $100 each; you could spend much less although not if you were drinking sake.
Thanks to Osho for organizing, even if he is threatening to make me try Ino again.
243 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010