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Norikonoko--how did we miss this little gem? [Berkeley]

lintygmom Feb 10, 2007 07:40 PM

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.)

  1. chefj Nov 14, 2013 11:50 AM

    Went by last week sign up saying closed until further notice or something to that effect.
    Called today number has been changed, no mention of Norikonoko on new answer message.
    Sounds like they might be closed for good ) - :

    4 Replies
    1. re: chefj
      salumigirl Nov 14, 2013 01:32 PM

      They were closed by a fairly extensive fire. I understand it will take 9 or so months to make repairs and reopen.

      1. re: salumigirl
        chefj Nov 14, 2013 02:52 PM

        When was that?, I did not hear anything about it.
        Glad to know they will be back though.

        1. re: chefj
          salumigirl Nov 22, 2013 05:10 PM

          I'm not sure. My husband does business with them and mentioned it to me a few weeks ago. He didn't get any other details.

        2. re: salumigirl
          Melanie Wong Nov 25, 2013 09:56 AM

          Luke Tsai followed up with the owners and reported this morning in the East Bay Express that they plan to reopen next summer.

      2. Robert Lauriston Apr 8, 2012 10:56 AM

        Posted hours as of yesterday: lunch 11:30-1:00 Wed.-Fri.; dinner 5:30-8:00 Wed.-Sun.

        1. Robert Lauriston Jan 13, 2012 08:56 AM

          Went by last night to find that they changed their hours, they're now closing at 8:00.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            hyperbowler Jan 13, 2012 09:32 AM

            Did you happen to write down their hours? It took me three tries before I could eat there! They're definitely closed on Monday and Tuesday. Lunch officially stops at either 1 or 1:30.

            1. re: hyperbowler
              Robert Lauriston Jan 13, 2012 11:03 AM

              I think it said dinner Wed.-Sun. 5:30-8pm but I'd call before going there. (510) 548-1274

          2. l
            lintygmom Feb 11, 2007 11:54 AM

            That included a 20% tip, our usual unless service sucked. Since being in service industry often sucks.

            1. Cynsa Feb 11, 2007 01:58 AM


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              1. re: Cynsa
                lintygmom Feb 11, 2007 10:11 AM

                Oh, so sorry. Yes, on Telegraph between Dwight and Blake. We got parking right in front. Berkeley for sure. Doesn't replace our outings to Gombei, which is much bigger and with a larger group of offerings, but it will certainly do nicely rather than drive to Menlo Park!

                1. re: lintygmom
                  Robert Lauriston Feb 11, 2007 10:16 AM

                  Is that in the complex with Fondue Fred and Caribbean Cove?


                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    Melanie Wong Feb 11, 2007 10:22 AM

                    Yes, same courtyard as Fondue Fred.

                    1. re: Melanie Wong
                      lintygmom Feb 11, 2007 11:04 AM

                      Yes, thank you Melanie. You're so much better at posting than I am. Takes me a while to realize I never even put in the city!

                      1. re: lintygmom
                        Melanie Wong Feb 11, 2007 11:06 AM

                        No, no, not at all. I think you were so excited to find this lovely spot that the city was but a minor detail. Thanks for posting.

                  2. re: lintygmom
                    eethan Jan 13, 2012 10:16 AM

                    Should I read this to mean that, logistics aside, you prefer Gombei to Norikonoko? (I like Norikonoko very well, but I had the impression Gombei was nothing special!)

                    1. re: eethan
                      wolfe Jan 13, 2012 11:30 AM

                      Maybe Gombei has gone downhill in the last 5 years.

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