Norikonoko--how did we miss this little gem? [Berkeley]
Dinner here tonight for a change from the usual sushi-based Japanese outing:
Japanese small plates in a funky, homey setting. The best goma-ae I ever ate, unusual wakame (with slices of pickled cuke atop)--broad soft bits of seaweed like you find in soup rather that the delectably rubbery strands--very good, eggplant cooked with bonito flakes, robata chicken with wasabi, robata potatoes, robata shiitake mushrooms. Though we (gasp!) had no rice and the food was delicate and the portions seemed mega-small, when we stood up we were full!
Oh, and I did have the magura sashimi slices. Nice, but kept it from being totally cooked. We'll be back to try the ramen even though we won't eat that many of the noodles.
Nice people, too. And cozy on this rainy night.
Total cost? $43 for two. Not cheap but I love all those different tastes and it was so much less pretentious than O Chame. (Not to mention cheaper.)