Fishing for fish


I would never have imagined, but it’s actually difficult to come by good sushi in the Bay Area! Maybe I was spoiled in Los Angeles because I knew where all the good spots were, but after trying several around the Bay, I’m still not that impressed. However, I would have to say that Mijori (3260 Grand Ave., Oakland) is another reason why Oakland is a great foodie town.
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Sleepy Town Secret


Although I’ve spent most of my life in Los Altos, most people have never heard of it and often get it mixed up with Los Gatos. Sandwiched between Palo Alto and Mountain View, Los Altos is a great town, with hidden treasures to share! One of my favorites is Sumika (236 Plaza Central, Los Altos, CA 94022).

Los Altos is a very family oriented town, so it was surprising to find a traditional Japanese Izakaya place, in the heart of it’s downtown area. Opened by the same owners as Orenchi and Iroriya, Sumika will not disappoint.

Regardless of the size of your party, it’s always recommended to have reservations. On my most recent visit, we had a party of nine. And with such a large group, Sumika required us to pre-order. Although it was hard to think of what to order, a few days out, it was helpful in the end, to have our food ready for our arrival. The other good thing about having a large group is that you can order a wide variety of items to try. Here’s our spread:

wpid-20140821_180946.jpgPeanuts Tofu

wpid-20140821_181331.jpgDeep Fried Octopus (this turned out to be a hit with my 2 and 4 year old nieces!)

wpid-20140821_181637.jpgOrganic Chicken Karaage

wpid-20140821_181849.jpgScallop Skewer

wpid-20140821_182005.jpgTsukune (chicken meatball) Skewer

wpid-20140821_182153.jpgUnagi and Shiitake Bacon Wrap

wpid-20140821_182207.jpgAgedashi Tofu

wpid-20140821_182539.jpgEnoki Mushroom Rolls, Asparagus Rolls, and Momo Skewers

wpid-20140821_183055.jpgOkra and Angel Shrimp Skewers

wpid-20140821_183305.jpgSpicy Chicken and Crunchy Tofu

wpid-20140821_182523.jpgChicken Stuffed Tofu with Sweet Corn Sauce

wpid-20140821_191212.jpgBlack Sesame Panna Cotta

wpid-20140821_191223.jpgSeasonal Fig Dessert

wpid-20140821_191304.jpgSoy Mango Pudding

As usual, everything was delicious. I was especially pleased with the Deep Fried Octopus and all of the desserts. Usually, when I visit Sumika with a smaller party, there is less opportunity to get to desserts, but alas, this time, we were able to try a few. Actually, another dessert that we tried that isn’t pictured was a Roasted Tea flavored Creme Brulee, which was the most delicious of all of the sweets!

What’s your favorite dish from Sumika?