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japanese non-sushi, non-sashimi

miltk Jul 6, 2007 03:53 AM

i was wondering if anyone can recommend reasonably priced japanese,,preferably peasant-type,,,don-buri/oden etc etc in areas other than j-town and preferably north and east of it.

also japanese-style fried rice...the really fried, darker, soyu laced stuff.

thanks all :):)

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: miltk Jul 6, 2007 08:57 AM

    Well east of Japantown: Norikonoko in Berkeley.


    Norikonoko Japanese Rstrnt
    2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

    1. shortexact RE: miltk Jul 6, 2007 09:07 AM

      For ramen, check out Katana-ya. They have donburi and other stuff, but I've heard that stuff isn't as good. I've never been to Dojima An on O'Farrell, but they're supposed to have pretty good renditions of donburi and other cooked comfort dishes.

      Mikaku (Grant, just south of Bush St. Chinatown gate) is in a touristy location but has a nice list of specials only offered at dinner. Recent offerings have included chawanmushi, a couple kabocha dishes, cold daikon soup, and of course their housemade soba noodles (served as zaru soba).

      I've really been wanting to visit Hotaru on Powell, which looks to be the style that you're looking for. I haven't been yet, but hope to soon. Maybe you can check it out and report back. It's not showing up in Chowhound's list of places, so I can't link to it, but it's on Powell right near Washington.

      430 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

      219 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

      Mikaku Restaurant
      323 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

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        david kaplan RE: shortexact Jul 6, 2007 07:00 PM

        I liked Hotaru on Powell the two times I've been. They had a special of gindara kasu-zuke, nicely caramelized on the edges with a rich, boozy taste. Haven't tried their donburi, but I have a good feeling about it.

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          shortexact RE: david kaplan Jul 6, 2007 07:09 PM

          Nice, thanks! I love this dish. Definitely will have to make it there soon...

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            zooksten RE: shortexact Jul 9, 2007 02:04 AM

            Sanmi (Geary & Parker) has salmon and gindara kasuzuke also. sometimes gindara misoyaki too.

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        mlucier RE: miltk Jul 6, 2007 01:11 PM

        Ten Ichi on Fillmore and Clay have wonderful donburi, sukiyaki etc.

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          lintygmom RE: miltk Jul 6, 2007 06:57 PM

          Gombei in Menlo Park. Can't be beat for hearty, peasant-style Japanese.

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            katg RE: lintygmom Jul 9, 2007 02:52 PM

            Love gombei.

          2. K K RE: miltk Jul 6, 2007 07:08 PM

            Ryowa in Berkeley likely has a kind of Japanese style fried rice you may enjoy.

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              Robert Lauriston RE: K K Jul 6, 2007 07:12 PM

              Ryowa has fried rice? I don't remember seeing anything on the menu but a dozen kinds of ramen and two kinds of gyoza. But the "special noodles" I always get aren't on the menu either.

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                K K RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 6, 2007 07:22 PM

                The one in Mountain View does, at least it comes with combo lunches so I would assume you can get it a la carte. Can't remember about Berkeley, guess it doesn't hurt to ask.

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                  IanW RE: K K Jul 9, 2007 06:29 AM

                  Berkeley branch has fried rice- I usually get it with my lunch combo. It definately is a Japanese style fried rice.

            2. sgwood415 RE: miltk Jul 6, 2007 07:27 PM

              Santa Ramen in San Mateo. It's a very good noodle bar, three types of broth and several differnt topping options.

              Santa Ramen Japanese Restaurant
              1944 South El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA

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                VirgoBlue RE: miltk Jul 8, 2007 11:38 AM

                If you're ever interested in coming down to the Peninsula, Hotaru on 3rd Ave. and El Camino in San Mateo offers all sorts of "homestyle" Japanese dishes. They do them very well and portions are large. But the wait can be long, so come early or come late. But it's very tasty.

                I don't know if they're any relation to Hotaru on Powell in SF, though.

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                  ML8000 RE: miltk Jul 9, 2007 03:28 AM

                  I guess since comments are about places outside of SF, I'll add in Kaimuki Grill (San Mateo) reasonably priced, very good...well it was about 3 years ago.

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