This is a Japanese restaurant with Taiwanese waitresses that caters specifically to Taiwanese-Americans with Japanese food as you would expect in Taiwan. The building is very pretty, with a water wheel at the entrance and views of a Japanese koi pond from the dining room. All the waitresses wear kimonos, but speak Mandarin. A few minutes after sitting down and while perusing the menu, our server came by to ask if we would like the chef to create the menu for us. I heard her make the same offer to several other tables so it wasnt special treatment. We agreed to about $30 per adult (we also had a 6 yo with us), and the food started arriving.
While Ive never tried Japanese food in Taiwan, my parents kept emphasizing the difference from Americanized Japanese food. Im not sure how different our dinner last night was from an authentic Japanese experience. Id have to say that everything was very good and a few dishes I had never seen before.
Our menu consisted of:
Small bowls of seaweed salad and edamame
Phoenix roll: tempura roll topped with eel and avocado
Plate of sashimi: 4-5 large pieces each of salmon, read and white tuna
Tobiko sandwiched in lotus root, wrapped in seaweed and deep fried
Steamed egg custard with shiitake mushroom, slices of bamboo, green onion, scallop, shrimp
Salt and pepper fried tiny shrimp (Ive never seen shrimp this tiny, about 1 cm long.)
Grilled octopus with a soy sauce and rice vinegar dipping sauce
Grilled yakitori wrapped in shiso leaf: ground chicken molded into balls and on skewers
Barbequed Korean beef short ribs
Salmon onigiri and grilled plain onigiri
Everything was very good, especially those tiny shrimp and the clean taste of the octopus. I didnt try the sashimi but it looked beautiful. I think the total was $103 before tax and tip for 4 adults and 1 child.
Tomozaku Japanese Sushi and Grill, Cupertino
20625 Alves Dr.
Cupertino, CA 95014
1111 Story Road, Suite 1080
San Jose, CA 95112