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Yumeya, Sunnyvale - great new izakaya

stuart | Oct 15, 200507:52 PM

We went to a new, 3-week old izakaya in Sunnyvale, Yumeya (Yume-ya) last night. It was very good with food comparable to Tanto and Saizo. The best part was that the prices were half of what Saizo and Tanto charge, despite the quality being the same (if not better!).

The menu is creative and exciting. They appeared to have sushi too, but we didn't try any of it. Sushi doesn't seem to be their forte - none of the Japanese menus mentioned anything about them having sushi.

The food was exquisitely cooked with very good flavors. It was reminiscient of Tanto from three years ago (before the serving sizes got huge and the flavors too simple).

Some standouts:

1. Sato imo koro koro age (taro-like tiny potatoes fried with dashi)
2. Iidako fry (fried baby octopus)
3. tuna with minced okura
4. Natto hasami-yaki (natto sandwiched in fried tofu)
5. The tsukune (chicken meat ball) that came witht he yakitori order

Delicious! The only problem is that their 'specials' menu is only in Japanese. I didn't get the sense that any of the servers spoke English that well last night, so if you don't go with a Japanese-speaking, Japanese-reading person, it might be hard to get the good stuff... I guess you could ask them to translate them menu, because this place is totally worth the trouble.

We had two big eaters and two average eaters full with two 300 ml bottles of sake and two additional glasses of sake for $100 before tip and tax. NO WAY TANTO OR SAIZO COULD MATCH THAT!

In the Big 5 plaza on El Camino Real in Sunnyvale
(I'll try to find the address and post it later)

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