A first time Tanto San Jose visit.
Mavjop and I went to Tanto last night because Gochi (another izakaya we have yet to try) was fully booked.
We had the following (apologies that my memory is so bad that I can't recall the exact names)
Nori Chazuke: I ordered this on a whim and was very pleasantly surprised. The Dashi was very flavorful. Not overpowering and not too light.
Kani Koroke: round half-dollar sized medallions of fried potato croquette. While tasty, we didn't notice any kani.
Dashimaki Tamago with nori, negi, and daikon: I was hoping this would be sweet like tamago nigiri. I was wrong and couldn't really taste the dashi. Mavjop enjoyed it and it went well with....
shioyaki pork and negi: very tasty thin strips of pork with plenty of salt.
katsu with miso paste: I'm not a fan of white meat, but Mavjop enjoyed this. I enjoyed the side of potato salad that it came with.
Saba oshi sushi: I'd never had this before. Marinated Saba with what I believe was shiso leaf over a block of rice. Yum!
Yaki onigiri Cha: This unexpectedly (we've never had it before) came with ikura and tiny fish in the broth. Also flavorful, but I preferred the simpler nori chazuke.
Everything was tasty to at least one of us. I preferred the environment here over Saizo (hard for me to get past yakitori made over an electric grill) and thought it was better quality as well (most definitely in the sushi department). I definitely intend to come back here to work my way further through the menu as we missed out on fish, duck, and noodle dishes as well as their hidden (not translated) okonomiyaki.
Tanto Japanese Restaurant
1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
Went to the other Tanto (owned by the same people) and it was just as good. So far, I've tried chazuke at Izakaya Mai and a location in Fremont and Tanto's chazuke was far superior (Mai tasted tinny and the Fremont location tasted watery).
Tried Niku Tofu and it was very, very tasty!
Tanto really has their dashi down pat!