Another yakitori joint in the South Bay
There is another yakitori shop in the Bay that just opened. My JP friend went and said it was very good. Higher price point than Sumiya and a more upscale feel, is what he reported.
「炭家」:「SUMIKA」:236 Central Plaza Los Altos, CA 94022 http://sumikagrill.com/
Interestingly, Sumika can also be read as Sumiya...
Just tried this new restaurant. It's buried in an alley in Los Altos just off a parking lot between the main streets. May be a good idea to make a reservation (but we did just that morning). It was a little pricey, but felt very authentic and advertised their special charcoal shipped from Japan. The food was very tasty - and unique to this type of Japanese restaurant. The menu has several salads and appetizers and then ~10 different kinds of grilled skewers - we recommend the tare sauce over the salt version. We enjoyed the chicken meatballs, steak, and bacon-wrapped tomatoes the best, as well as the pumpkin soup. The "chicken risotto" (or ochazuke) was overly salty. My only issue with the restaurant is that the service needs a little work - the skewers came in random quantities so it really wasn't clear who ordered what and whether we got everything we ordered and they were out of a few things unfortunately. But they are new and I'm guessing still working out a few kinks.