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Jul 12, 2011 05:19 PM

Izakaya/stick meat like Kingyo or Zakkushi Charcoal Grill, like in Vancouver?

I just got back from a phenomenal eating weekend in Vancouver. On top were Zakkush
(Robata, 1.95, CA a stick) and, higher end, Kingyo (Uni Biminbap 9.95 CA & at table stone Kobe! $21 CA for like 15 nice pieces


Where are the closest to this, here in the Bay? I can't think of one place like either of these places here.

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  1. There are lots of yakitori/kushiyaki places around in the bay area, which are similar to Zakkush with grills (some are charcoal grills too!):

    Sumika in Los Altos
    En in Santa Clara
    Sumiya in Santa Clara
    Gaku in San Jose - really impressed by the variety of items for grilling.
    Saizo in Sunnyvale
    Ippuku in Berkeley

    For Izakaya, the ones most similar to Kingyo are going to be the higher end izakaya places like

    En in Santa Clara
    Tanto in Sunnyvale
    Gochi Fusion Tapas in Cupertino
    Gokaku in Cupertino
    Nami Nami in Mountain View (has sushi/sashimi/izakaya fare, but no kushiyaki)
    Hoshi in Santa Clara/San Jose

    Ones I've heard about, but haven't been:
    Dan Izakaya in San Jose - does a good amount of grilled items.
    Hachi in Mountain View - supposedly does robata

    I'm sure there's some in San Francisco as well, but I've yet to find somewhere that was worth the drive.

    One caveat to these places is that they have a very different menu at lunch (if they do lunch at all). Kushiyaki and izakaya is more a dinner time thing.

    592 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

    236 Central Plz, Los Altos, CA 94022

    246 Saratoga Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050

    2634 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

    Izakaya Restaurant
    1335 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112

    2130 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

    5152 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

    10789 S Blaney Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014

    Dan Izakaya
    1306 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, CA

    2 Replies
    1. re: mhuang

      What about Gingi and Kokko in San Mateo?

      509 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

      Izakaya Ginji
      301 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

      1. re: RWCFoodie

        I haven't been to many izakayas, but I did love Zakkushi in Vancouver, and I am still looking for a kimchi mentai udon on the Peninsula. In San Mateo, I do think Kokko is the better than Ginji, though the latter is pretty good, too, and has more food choices outside of the grilled items. (Ginji's buta kimchi udon carbonara will help tide me over until I get back to Zakkushi.) Sadly, neither Ginji nor Kokko is as quite good as Zakkushi. . .

        509 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401