Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511, Asakusa

As an unexpected, generous wedding gift, a friend took us here.

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Inside seems halfway between swanky and traditional steak house.

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The real reason I was here: Kobe beef steak!

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After ordering, our friend showed us something neat. I do not have such skills / dexterity.

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The sashimi salad was fresh and tasty.

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I got the sirloin, which is not my preferred cut (rib eye). Despite that, this was THE BEST beef I’ve had in my life so far. It was an amazing experience.

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It was fascinating to see soy sauce in this sponge form. The waiter recommended that I combine a bit of it with some wasabi and try it with the steak. I did, and I liked it more than I thought I would. Kind of makes me want to try it with American steaks (rib eye).

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My wife ordered the round steak. I don’t think American steak houses even offer this, maybe because it’s not a preferred cut of steak. In a way, its texture was similar to an American NY Strip. If someone told me this was an American steak (not Kobe beef) I would have believed them. Doesn’t seem special; don’t waste your time with the round steak.

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Sakura ice cream!

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And the bathroom was clean! Swankier than the rest of the restaurant.

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I would love to come back. Next time I’ll probably either try a larger sirloin, or the tenderloin.

Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511
Dear Plaza Akasaka B1
4-3-28 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo
http://www.a511.jp/en/

Tanto, Sunnyvale

A local favorite.  Everything I’ve tried I would get again!  I recommend making reservations with a group so that you can try most dishes.

 

From the street, Tanto looks rather unassuming.20160213Tanto1

 

Always tempted to get the sashimi salad.  Generous amounts of sashimi, with just the right amount of dressing and greens.  This is probably as healthy as my cravings will ever get.20160213Tanto2

 

Kani Gratin.  Cheesey crab goodness.20160213Tanto3

 

Kani Korokke.  Crab croquettes.  Couldn’t help from eating some before I took a photo.20160213Tanto4

 

Tempura Moriawase.  Assorted tempura; a classic.20160213Tanto5

 

Yaki Onigiri.  Fried rice balls with roe; this keeps me coming back!  At first I would share an order.  I no longer share.  (=20160213Tanto620160213Tanto7

 

Sashimi Moriawase 6 kinds.  Also a classic.20160213Tanto8

 

Garlic Steak.  Comes raw in a sizzling hot iron bowl, and finishes cooking as you stir it.  This was way better than expected, and tasted even better the next day!  Shortly after receiving this, I saw four similar orders arrive nearby; once you see and smell it you’ll know why.  #infuencer.20160213Tanto9

 

Tanto Japanese Restaurant, 1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087