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caitlink Oct 25, 2010 08:02 PM

Planning on the following:

Sawa sushi
Orenchi for ramen

Any others in San Jose or Sunnyvale that i should not miss?
read some reviews about Gombei
What about casual Korean choices in Sunnyvale? Or Malaysian? Thx.

193 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112

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    rosiella1 Oct 26, 2010 09:22 PM

    I'd skip Arcadia and try Alexander's instead. Alexander recently won a michelin star for 2011!
    Gombei is good ole' home cooking. Can't go wrong with the specials on the board.
    I'd also recommend dish dash in Sunnyvale - specifically the mansaf. Mmmmm. My mouth waters as I'm typing this.

    193 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112

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    1. re: rosiella1
      rosiella1 Oct 26, 2010 09:35 PM

      Oh I forgot to add.. if you you're looking for a lunch place - try La Villa in Willow Glen. It's absolutely the best ravioli's ever! Order the cheese raviolis!

      1. re: rosiella1
        caitlink Oct 29, 2010 03:29 PM

        Thinking of trying Morton's happy hour as well.
        Any recs for San Jose/Sunnyvale restaurant week?

        1. re: caitlink
          openhelix Oct 29, 2010 04:11 PM

          Uggh, the Morton's in SJ is the WORST I've been too and I was never a big Morton's fan to begin with!

          Sent Sovi would be a good spot. I'm actually disappointed in the list of restaurants this year.

          Sent Sovi Restaurant
          14583 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070

          1. re: caitlink
            arlenemae Oct 30, 2010 02:47 PM

            Second Sent Sovi. Parcel104 is good as well.

            Restaurant week is a great time to sample pricey restaurants. :)

            Sent Sovi Restaurant
            14583 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070

            1. re: caitlink
              budnball Jan 9, 2011 08:20 AM

              Avoid Morton's like the plague!

        2. openhelix Oct 26, 2010 07:54 PM

          I would definitely say Alexander's over Arcadia. Not a cuisine you mentioned, but Lion & Compass is old school but still a great spot. Kaygetsu in menlo park over Gochi if your budget can handle it.

          For asian, I recommend Straits at Santana Row. If the weather holds, check out the sunset at Cielo the rooftop bar down the street.

          Kaygetsu Restaurant
          325 Sharon Park Dr Ste A2, Menlo Park, CA 94025

          Santana Row
          355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

          Lion & Compass Restaurant
          1023 North Fair Oaks Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94089

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            arlenemae Oct 26, 2010 09:55 AM

            Indian - Amber India (Their Mountain View one is more famous but they have one in Santana Row if you're limited to Sunnyvale/SJ) or Turmeric (Sunnyvale)
            Korean - I've always enjoyed Palace BBQ in Santa Clara, it's definitely casual as it's an all-you-can-eat buffet and you cook your own food. SGD Tofu House (also in Santa Clara) is great for spicy tofu soups
            Steakhouse - Alexander's in Cupertino can't be beat (if your budget can accomodate it), but I thought Arcadia was decent as well (I like their truffle mac&cheese)
            Malaysian - The closest good one I know of is Banana Leaf in Milpitas, worth the trek though if you really want Malaysian and other Southeast Asian
            Vietnamese - Vung Tau in SJ. Authentic and good, my Vietnamese coworkers love this place

            Second on Orenchi! Love their tonkotsu ramen!
            Second on Gochi as well, creative and unusual menu, but also very tasty!

            Banana Leaf Restaurant
            182 Ranch Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035

            Amber India Restaurant
            2290 El Camino Real Suite 9, Mountain View, CA 94040

            Santana Row
            355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

            Vung Tau Restaurant
            535 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95112

            SGD Tofu House
            3450 El Camino Real # 105, Santa Clara, CA

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            1. re: arlenemae
              ankimo Oct 31, 2010 03:21 PM

              santa clara korean -- i like jang su jang, secret garden
              also so gong dong tofu house in palo alto el camino (the better one)
              people usually talk about layang layang for malaysian, but i thought it was ok
              orenchi is one of the best ramen
              kitsho is another fine place for sushi specials (flown in fish)
              alexander's is top notch
              gochi has pretty awesome fusion pizza
              sumika and gaku (new) have amazing yakitori
              vung tau is more upscale vietnamese -- the good sj stuff is also found at bun bo hue an nam, pho y#1, pho ha noi, thien long, nam vang, thanh huong banh mi, etc depending on what dish you're looking for...
              also anh hong in milpitas
              dishdash is definitely worth it too.

              1. re: ankimo
                Melanie Wong Oct 31, 2010 05:39 PM


                Hi ankimo, you're the first to mention Gaku. How would you compare it to Sumika or its sibling, Sumiya?

                236 Central Plz, Los Altos, CA 94022

                2634 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

                1. re: Melanie Wong
                  ankimo Nov 1, 2010 12:48 AM

                  Gaku been open a couple weeks -- same owners as sumiya. sumika is basically my yakitori gold standard around here (plus who can resist their amazing oyako-don), and the last time i went to sumiya, it was good but i wasn't super impressed. somehow gaku has it right though. the salt level, the smokiness, the tender juicy meat with crisp skin, it was excellent like sumika. (basically i use momo (thigh) with salt as my baseline, standardized test). guess smaller simpler menu $3/up per skewer = affords better execution and quality.
                  momo salt -- excellent, like sumika
                  momo sauce -- good, not quite as strong flavor as sumika
                  teba salt -- excellent
                  tsukune -- very good, different style from sumika
                  tontoro -- very good, not quite sumika, good with lemon
                  beef -- not as good as sumika
                  yaki onigiri -- could use more added shiso flavor

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              vis Oct 26, 2010 09:34 AM

              DishDash is great middle eastern - in DT Sunnyvale
              for Korean, i think Santa Clara is the spot - do not know any great spots but others do.

              Gochi in Cupertino is a great spot for Japanese tapas...

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              1. re: vis
                Gumbogirl Jan 8, 2011 11:38 AM

                You can't go wrong with Dish Dash. The food is excellent and the service is warm and friendly.

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                jsaimd Oct 26, 2010 08:14 AM

                Indian is another good cuisine in Sunnyvale.

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