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4.7
60 reviews
|Japanese|San Mateo, KY 94402

115 De Anza Blvd, San Mateo, KY 94402

(650) 286-0410

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Open now:9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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11/05/2015, 01:34 AM
So overrated.
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Steve Okamoto review for Japanese Kitchen - Wakuriya
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10/16/2015, 08:34 AM
Incredibly good Japanese food! Traditional with a hint of modern flavour combinations. Highly recommended.
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Annette Nettie Suzuki review for Japanese Kitchen - Wakuriya
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07/05/2015, 15:40 PM
Michelin star(!) 14-seat hella-hard-to-get-into jap resto was overrated IMO, unfortunately... i know a lot of fellow foodies have been tryna get a reso here...well, i hate to say it, but you're better off elsewhere...for example, Roka Akor's 5-course/20-dish omakase ($138pp) is wwway better!... NUTSHELL Wakuriya translates to gentle/harmony kitchen...its mission is to maintain "deep roots in authentic Japanese culture & tradition, yet breathe new life into a deliciously innovative cuisine"... plating was pleasant & diverse in various vessels...but the food was too bland for the average american palate while keeping "clean" in trad'l form...my companion suggested we not ask for soy, s&p cuz it might've prob insulted the chef...tho sodium was desperately needed!... THE FEEL unassumingly located in a strip mall, Crystal Springs Shopping Village, by CA-92...enter into a very dimly-lit resto (too dim)...long, open kitchen on the left...display of sake btls on a top shelf...3-4 bar seats, but not utilized the 1st few days when they try out their monthly menu...which comes out 1st wed of ea mo...the day we went... greeted with a warm hand towel... THE STAFF & SERVICE: mom & pop shop... husband - chef owner...busy composing artfully in the open kitch...care put into his food... wife - floor mgr/server... her accent was thick & she spoke so fast that it was near impossible to make out what she was tryna describe w/ ea dish...not her fault tho... it was good that descriptions were on the menus, but bad that she took them away SO quickly as if we'd steal them!...not enuf time to review...even when we asked to look a while longer, she kept coming bk for them...this annoying behavior rarely occurs when we dine out - anywhere...esp since the 2 of us ordered 4 rounds of drinks...y couldn't she leave the drink menu?...if she did, we would've kept ordering... mid-meal, she asked "are u taking pictures of each course?" me: "yes...gonna post on yelp" her: "OH...yelp? eh"...then said a few times [jokingly] to mention that she's young & beautiful...yea, she is... 3rd guy - dishwisher & prep, i assumed... be warned...courses come out too fast...sometimes even b4 you're done w/ the previous...WTH?...it was later the right pace when the 2 seatings overlapped tho... THE FOOD: 9-course/12-dish kaiseki @$98pp...kaiseki is trad'l, formal multi-course dining completely determined by the chef...see my pix of: welcome kicker | shot of peach sake w/ ice cubes kaiseki #1 | sakizuke (starter)... cold "somen" (jap angel hair pasta) noodles w/ lobster & summer veggies ...lobster served semi-raw...better to go one way or another kaiseki #2 | zensai (apps)...3 assorted: - king salmon & cucumber "mizore-zu" (grated daikon vinaigrette) ...very plain/natural...american taste requires some sodium - foie gras & "nama-yuba" (fresh tofu skin) w/ wasabi sauce ...i heart foie, but w/ it deveined pls! - "ichijiku" (fig) tempra w/ "gome-dare" (sesame sauce) ...tasty sauce kaiseki #3 | mushi mono (steamed dish)... "kamo to truffle no chawan-mushi" duck & summer truffle in steamed egg custard ...duck: fat not rendered...therefore, chewy...truffle: plentiful...custard: standard... kaiseki #4 | tsukuri (sashimi)... "today's chef's choice"...which was a fish in the yellowtail fam...frm what we could barely understand... kaiseki #5 | age mono (deep-fried dish)... "ebi-shinjo no nasu hasami-age" shrimp cake sandwiched between sliced jap eggplant & sweet pepper tempra served w/ shiso (jap basil) & salt ...so lil of it, the salt stamp kaiseki #6 | hashi-yasume (palate cleanser)... "suika" (watermelon) & preserved lemon sorbet sprinkled w/ black sesame ...tiny, but refreshing kaiseki #7 | yaki mono (broiled dish)... "snake river farms wagyu no miso suki-ni" american kobe beef, sun smiling valley farms buna-shimeji mushroom & tomato simmered w/ miso-soy sauce ...sukiyaki-style...finally sumthin' tasty kaiseki #8 | gohan mono (rice dish)... "toumorokoshi gohan no hokkaido hotate wo nosete" pan-sautéed scallop over rice w/ corn ...not bad kaiseki #9 | dessert...served w/ hot tea, which was fragrant... organic white peach mousse & "mochi" (rice cake) sandwich cookies ...mousse had zero peach flavor...presented in kute glass jar tho ...mochi cookie was nom special celebration comp with a note was a nice touch...strawberry Häagen-Dazs cuz she used to work for them in japan... THE DRINKS unique beers frm japan...my companion tried 2 of 3 selections... - Orion, Okinawa | 6 ...like a pilsner - Ryujin, Gunma | 10 ..."malt beverage, white weizen"...like a wheat beer ...we wanted to keep the btls...she rinsed them out & put into sake bags...which was nice Fruity flight, 2oz ea | 18. - Yuzu Omoi: aromatic citrus sake - Kome Kome Shu: riesling style rice sake - Ume Shu: sweet plum wine Juicy flight, 2oz ea | 20. - Kaori Mikan: mandarin orange sake - Ichigo Sake: made w/ strawberry yeast - Ginjo Nigori: unfiltered milky sake ..."proudly serve carefully selected sake w/ thin & elegant 'USUHARI'SHIWA glasses" LASTLY | my left arm & leg got red & swollen frm bug bites while sitting at the 1st table...i asked for a lil ice (to calm down the itching)...she saw my arm & was like "oh, really?"... CONCLUSION | we were expecting a lot more frm a rare Michelin star resto...lacked flavor & good accompaniments... also, we know the wife is trying, but service is not up to par... overall, too many missteps to be considered of fine dining caliber... i haven't left a place hungry in a lllong time... with all that said, if you're still determined to try for yourself, here's how to get a reso: count out 30days b4 u actually wanna go & call @exactly midnight...when u get thru, follow the instructions...she'll call bk nxt day to LYK if u got in or waitlisted...if in, u have to secure w/ cc then... 2 seatings, 6:30 & 7:30p... out the door for 2: $320
Annette Nettie Suzuki review for Japanese Kitchen - Wakuriya
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7 years ago

07/05/2015, 10:27 AM
Michelin star(!) 14-seat hella-hard-to-get-into jap resto was overrated IMO, unfortunately... i know a lot of fellow foodies have been tryna get a reso here...well, i hate to say it, but you're better off elsewhere...for example, Roka Akor's 5-course/20-dish omakase ($138pp) is wwway better!... ...Continue Reading
Robert Tantillo review for Japanese Kitchen - Wakuriya
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7 years ago

06/04/2015, 21:46 PM
Robert Tantillo review for Japanese Kitchen - Wakuriya
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06/04/2015, 05:09 AM
David C. Chen review for Japanese Kitchen - Wakuriya
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7 years ago

05/17/2015, 19:45 PM
Definitely the best Japanese restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Taro Kurosawa review for Japanese Kitchen - Wakuriya
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7 years ago

03/10/2015, 22:13 PM
One of the best place for fine Japanese dining in US. This is the place to visit if you are looking for sophisticated traditional Japanese Kaiseki. Service is always top-notch!
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