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Nov 23, 2008 09:59 AM

Karage Chicken or Bento Box in Bay Area

Just looking for a good source find these comfort food of Japan, either a restaurant or togo , any recomendations?

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  1. Yoshi's in San Francisco has a really excellent kara-age chicken on their lounge/club menu, which is Japanese pub food.

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    1. re: Joan Kureczka

      Eh, I'm not sure Yoshi's has really excellent anything.

      Kara age is available at many Japanese restaurants around town, including the underrated and always reliable Kazu on Irving between 9th and 10th. Kitchen Kura, up the street on Irving, maybe 15th or so, is all about the deep fried, and do a brisk business in kara age to go. Nice prices over there too.

    2. Seto Deli in Sunnyvale sells both kara age, (regular and spicy) and bento boxes.

      Nama in SF sells karaage.

      Takahashi Market in San Mateo sells both karaage (they call it mochiko chicken) and several different bento boxes. Takahashi's food has a Hawaiian influence.

      1. Ramen Club in Burlingame usually has kara age as an appetizer for Saturday lunch (along w/ some tasty gyoza).

        1. Sumika in Los Altos does one of the best authentic chicken karaage (using organic free range chicken from Petaluma Farms) that the restaurant feels comes close to jidori (Japanese range chicken). Santa Ramen's version in San Mateo is supposedly pretty good, as is Maruichi Ramen in Mountain View.

          Bento box...for something high end your best bet might just be Delica RF-1 by the SF Ferry Building.

          1. Moshi Moshi on 3rd street tries to specialize in Kara age. They call it "BCCI chicken" (or used to) because the construction workers would always order it. This is the best kind of food at Moshi Moshi - they do better on the comfort side than the sushi side.