Slide open the wood-paneled door to step into this funky, family-run restaurant that serves some of the East Bays most authentic Japanese food. Tempura and udon are just the start of a menu that includes less-familiar dishes like mountain potato and grilled fish marinated in sake. Every compartment of the bento-box dinners is filled with tiny, immaculately arranged compositions of pickles, salads, braised vegetables, and sculpted rice. And the staffers treat you like one of their own.
Hours: Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. Dinner: 5:30-9:00 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.; 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Closed Tues.
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