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nami nami in mountain view

Sure - read my report here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/359977

Jan 14, 2007
joshe in San Francisco Bay Area

nami nami in mountain view

We went this Friday (Jan 12th) and it was still busy but much more coordinated - we had no problems at all and great food. The owner chatted with us and mentioned that service on opening day (Friday the 5th) had needed some improvement. I'd recommend trying again. Food was amazing!

Jan 14, 2007
joshe in San Francisco Bay Area

New: Kyoto-style Japanese food at Naminami in Mountain View

Just happened by this new restaurant in Mountain View last night on Castro Street in the old Kamei location.

They serve Kyoto-style Japanese which is more elegantly prepared small plates (i.e. tapas) with lots of fresh seasonable vegetables fish and meat rather than the standard sushi or teriyakis. They plan to rotate the menu every 3 months.

The food was amazing - a "hotpot with beef and mizuna" was clear, smooth, the beef was great quality and definitely worth having again. From the deep fry menu, we had shrimp with sesami tofu wrapped in yuba (tofu skin). Absolutely amazing - and the tofu is made from sesame instead of soybeans! Even better was the dessert - strawberry and red-bean spring rolls - you have to save room.

We can't wait to go back and try some of the fish, more items from the grill menu, and more of the sesami tofu!

Grand opening is next week...

Jan 13, 2007
joshe in San Francisco Bay Area

Another yakitori joint in the South Bay

Just tried this new restaurant. It's buried in an alley in Los Altos just off a parking lot between the main streets. May be a good idea to make a reservation (but we did just that morning). It was a little pricey, but felt very authentic and advertised their special charcoal shipped from Japan. The food was very tasty - and unique to this type of Japanese restaurant. The menu has several salads and appetizers and then ~10 different kinds of grilled skewers - we recommend the tare sauce over the salt version. We enjoyed the chicken meatballs, steak, and bacon-wrapped tomatoes the best, as well as the pumpkin soup. The "chicken risotto" (or ochazuke) was overly salty. My only issue with the restaurant is that the service needs a little work - the skewers came in random quantities so it really wasn't clear who ordered what and whether we got everything we ordered and they were out of a few things unfortunately. But they are new and I'm guessing still working out a few kinks.

Oct 15, 2006
joshe in San Francisco Bay Area