Good Japanese/Asian Store in Berkeley, San Jose or Santa Clara?
We'll be looking for a good Asian store when we visit your fine state in a few weeks. We won't be to that much of the Bay area, but will be briefly in Berkeley, San Jose & Santa Clara.
Specifically we broke one of our little dishes for soy sauce for sushi &, not too surprisingly, can't find any good ones here in the desert southwest. Any ideas?
Daiso in Union City might be worth a stop if you are diving from Berkeley to SJC. The store is huge and has quite an assortment of dishes and cookware. Most items are $1.50,
There are also a dozen restos worth eating at in the center.
1785 Decoto Road Union City, CA 94587
Ichiban Kan is a Japanese store just up San Pablo Ave from Tokyo Fish Market and also has a lot of dishware in a "Yen Store" format.
10562 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, CA 94530
San Jose Japantown has a half dozen gifts / arts / housewares shops + many small restaurants for a wide range of Japanese food styles. 10 minute drive from SJC and loads of parking (unless you go on a festival day). Very informative historical markers make the community accessible to visitors.
It sounds like your time will be limited and since you will be in Berkeley, another vote for Tokyo Fish - the gift shop located in the smaller building in front of the market has a lot of Japanese dishes, bento bako's etc. It is very easy to find - on San Pablo a block north of Gilman which is one of the main streets leading back to Interstate 80. Also check out the market - they have a prepared food section - very good bento lunches for $7.25 - cook is Ken-san, the original owner/chef of Yokohama restaurant in Richmond. I believe the sushi they sell is made on site by Mifune restaurant.