Ramen now on the menu at Koji's in Danville
Since there seems to be lacking good ramen in the East Bay, it's good to find that Koji's in Danville is now serving Ramen. They have 3 different broths, Shio, Miso and Soyu and each can be regular or spicy. We tried the regular Miso and it was delicious. The broth was complex with good flavor and the Cha Siu was very tender. Probably not as good Dojo, Santa or Halu, but definitely worth it if you're in the area. I like it much more than Ryowa in Berkeley.
Now even more reason for me to love this place. This is one of the few authentic Japanese restaurants in the area. Not the cheapest, but well worth it. To cater to the local clientele, they do fusion rolls and all you can drink sake. But for me, the highlight is really their fresh sushi and traditional Japanese items. We typically do a sushi omakase and let Koji choose the selection. They also do a wonderful Kaiseki dinner if you call ahead. They cater to your budget, but I believe the minimum is $40 or $45 per person. I love their chawanmushi and often special request that.
They don't seem to get much attention on this board. Yelp reviews aren't too good, but that's because people seem to expect cheap sushi. It's a husband and wife team, so sometimes the service may be a little slow when it's crowded, but this place is well worth it.
480 San Ramon Valley Blvd
Danville, CA 94526
The mention of kaiseki motivated me to look for more info about Koji's. Surprised to read that it has been in business at various locations for 20 years.
Can you say more about what to expect of a kaiseki dinner here? The menu .pdfs give no clue at all. Besides the chawanmushi, do you have other favorite dishes?
re: Melanie Wong
Everything we've had there is always delicious, so we just leave it up to Koji and Matsumi to decide. For Kaiseki, it's not as formal as Wakuriya. The menu tends to be better the more people we have. They have a minimum of 2 people, but I think it's best with a group of 6-8. Some dishes I remember:
-very fresh sushi/sashimi. I had the best toro there, but it's not always available. Koji also demonstrates his excellent knife skills by preparing thinly sliced halibut, similar to how fugu is prepared
-small appetizer dishes such as pickled veggies, lotus root, spinach, natto/soybean
-Broiled mackerel or cod
-Lobster and seafood boiled in a delicious broth with vegetables. When we have children with us, we ask that they put udon in at the end.
-homemade mochi for dessert. They used to make yuzu ice cream, but last time we went, they said they couldn't import the yuzu anymore
The one thing I'm not a big fan of is their tofu cheesecake. It's not homemade and I don't like the flavor/texture.
They also typically do the traditional Japanese New Year food as well, but you may need to call ahead.