Simple, sublime Japanese dishes are served with robust California-Mediterranean accents at this venerable Berkeley destination. The creamy, smoky tuna sashimi with braised leeks is an ideal meal-opener; the ever-changing entrée menu might include delicate grilled sturgeon with a cornucopia of chard, peppers, and mushrooms or chopstick-tender skirt steak with braised spinach and earthy portobello mushrooms. A half-dozen fragrant, revivifying noodle bowls are served as well (the roasted oyster-seaweed-daikon variety is especially comforting). Get the salty-sweet caramel-balsamic gelato for dessert. Impressive boutique wine and sake list; handsome Tuscan setting.
Hours: Lunch Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner Mon.-Thu. 5:30-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club, cash, ATM/Debit
ParkingChoice: Lot Available
Extra Info: Uses organic produce and sustainably raised meat