So I went to Tanto on Saratoga twice after hearing about this place on the board and it being only a mile or so away from me.
The first time I went, they were not serving any of their ramen. So we ordered some hot food, even though I didn't know 80% of the hot dishes. I picked boring stuff that I had at other places: agedashi tofu, nabeyaki udon, and something else that escapes me. Udon was average, the tofu was pretty good. I don't think many or any restaurants use freshly made tofu do they?
The second time I went with a friend, while not Japanese, was more familiar with the menu. This time we had the clam ramen, some small grilled fish, yakitori, the potato "pancake" (although not really a pancake) and some seaweed rice balls (sorry, too early to remember the Japanese words). I know there are some people here that really like the clam ramen at Tanto, but.... it was so bad. It literally tasted like the packaged dried ramen noodles, with a powder broth, and a bunch of clams thrown in. The ramen wasn't even cooked well to boot. ugh. Pretty bad for the ~$9. The other stuff was good though. Is there such a thing as cheap Japanese food (not sushi)? Doesn't appear that way. All those small appetizer-like dishes really add up at $5-$8 each.
mmm...this reminds me, I need to go back to Gombei in SJ.