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Japanese dinner mid-peninsula, kid friendly?

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Loved Sep 3, 2011 02:15 PM

I am seeking recommendations for a dinner place around San Mateo or Burlingame that that fit these parameters:

-I'm entertaining my sister, brother in law and their well behaved 2 year old. The adults are Indian, Japanese and love gourmet food. The toddler is pretty restaurant savvy. 7pm reservation.
-Japanese (other Asian works too like Thai). Sushi and Izakaya go over well with all but open.
-worth visiting, takes reservations, authentic or yummy, $$ or $$$ works (not so much $$$$)
-ideal if not packed (leaves space for high chair)
-nice if not far from walkable areas like DT San Mateo or Burlingame
-reasonable noise level (meeting my sweetie for the first time)

We're coming in from San Francisco, Berkeley (me), and the family is driving up 280/101 from Mountain View, visiting from out of town.

Looked at Izakaya Mai, Sushi Sam and others. I love Kirala in Berkeley and Akiko's off Bush in SF.

Thanks!! Read the other threads but welcome advice for this specific need!

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Izakaya Mai Restaurant
212 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

Kirala Restaurant
2100 Ward St, Berkeley, CA 94705

Sushi Sam's
218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

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

Akikos Restaurant
431 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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    jman1 Sep 3, 2011 09:22 PM

    Don't have a rec for you, but be careful with sushi places. Many serious sushi chefs don't appreciate young children dining on sushi.

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      captainzen Sep 3, 2011 09:36 PM

      When my kids were younger, we used to enjoy the heck out of Ni-Mo in DT San Mateo. The food's probably not quite in the same league as Kirala, but it's certainly serviceable, and the wait staff always seemed to handle the little ones well.

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      Ni-Mo Japanese Cuisine
      73 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

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        rotiprata Sep 3, 2011 09:51 PM

        Mutsu in San Mateo serves good sushi and authentic tempura, karaage, chawan-mushi etc but no yakitori if memory serves. No reservation needed. For izakaya, i like Ginji more than Izakaya Mai but not sure about its kid-friendliness.

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