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Tachibana, College Ave. in Oakland

anli | Feb 27, 200510:34 AM

Stopped in for a late dinner on Friday. At 9 pm the place was about 80% full. We were seated next to a large party of 20 who were noisy, but it looked like they were having fun, so we didn't really mind. The menu has a little bit of everything, with grilled items as well as sashimi, rolls and appetizers. The waitstaff is young and efficient. The room is long, narrow and well lit.

Husband and I shared the following:

Sliced shitake mushrooms in foil packet, karai chicken skewers, grilled squid appetizer, and a spider roll. We also got a combination bento dinner, which is a great deal at $18.95. You get soup, salad, 2 choices of main dish, California roll, rice and a little cucumber salad. We chose the sashimi and the tonkatsu. The portions were sizeable - 4 large pieces of sashimi and a cutlet, nicely fried. Of the appetizers, only the squid disappointed, as it was a large specimen with little flavor and rubbery. Total bill of $52, and we had leftovers for the kids. I would come here again to sample more of the menu - this is a good alternative to Kirala esp. without the wait.

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