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Japanese lunch in Menlo Park/PA

512window Sep 24, 2007 02:55 PM

I need a recommendation for a Japanese restaurant in Menlo Park or Palo Alto that could accommodate 15 people for lunch on a weekday. I've searched and come up with Gombei but would appreciate other suggestions.

Please do not suggest Kaygetsu!

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    jcr1 RE: 512window Sep 24, 2007 04:04 PM

    Fuki Sushi in south Palo Alto (between Page Mill and Charleston) is a good bet to accommodate the size of your party.

    http://www.fukisushi.com/
    4119 El Camino Real, PA 650-494-9383

    1. doc RE: 512window Sep 24, 2007 04:06 PM

      Fuki Sushi in Palo Alto is large enough but I cannot picture any private areas -- maybe the tables adjoining the sushi bar; you might call. I have been to Akane in Los Altos twice, but only at the sushi bar -- I seem to recall a private room to the right of the entrance but am not 100% sure. Both are good choices because you'll have a choice of Bento, Tempura dishes, and very good sushi. I think they are both among the Peninsula favorites for sushi on this site.

      1. sgwood415 RE: 512window Sep 24, 2007 05:33 PM

        bonsai in atherton (one town north of Menlo Park) has private rooms and plenty of space for that size group.

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          512window RE: sgwood415 Sep 25, 2007 11:38 AM

          Many thanks for the suggestions! Akane is too far but I'll check on Fuki Sushi and Bonsai. I'm not really looking for a sushi place and that's what most reviews I've found cover.

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            K K RE: 512window Sep 25, 2007 01:21 PM

            If a private room is not a big deal, Fuki can easily sit 15 if you call in advance. Lots and lots of cooked food which I think now is a bit stronger than their sushi.

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              bbulkow RE: K K Oct 1, 2007 06:40 PM

              Sushi Monster loves Fuki Sushi, which must count for something. I would say they're the best combination of large and good and japanese, although I can't think of a private room either.

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/394523

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            P. Punko RE: sgwood415 Oct 1, 2007 03:36 PM

            Bonsai was super meh the one time I went, but that was on my birthday which turned out to be a meh-fesitival of eating. I usually get a selection of rolls, but didn't find anything to really write home about BUT Japanese is such a bone of contention with people that I am sure Bonsai is fine if your party is not ultra-discriminating.

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