I've been meaning to share with you some pictures and impressions of a new Yakitori (skewered and grilled chicken) shop in San Jose, but work has kept me busy, busy, busy.
All I seem to find time to do is to work, sleep, swim (I recently renewed my love for exercise in the pool), and go eat yakitori at Sumiya. I've found myself there three days in the last week. Yup, you read that right. Three days in one week...
The menu there is small, but the tsukune meat balls are superb. And the best part? All you can eat cabbage. Many restaurants don't serve enough vegetables for me (besides Hot Pot City with their all you can eat greens), but not Sumiya. They've got all you can eat cabbage. I literally turn into a little rabbit and happily much on raw cabbage.
In addition to various chicken parts (i.e. gizzard, skin, heart, liver, thigh, breast), Sumiya also serves Yakiton (non-chicken skewered and grilled items). The duck is OK, but the Beef Kalbi is tender, juicy, and full of charcoaled goodness.
Although I usually prefer my grilled items salted, I find myself liking the sauce (ta-re) version at Sumiya. I think their salt is too bitter to bring out the sweetness of the grilled goodies. Their sauce has a nice balance of sweet and savory.
Their ocha-zuke is a big two-thumbs up, made with a grilled onigiri rice ball soaked in their chicken stock. Although there is no ocha in their ochazuke, I think it's a nice finishing dish here.
I got some pictures to share, but since I went all the way to San Jose today for dinner, I won't be able to get to them tonight... Soon, soon!
5160 Moorpark Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
(Lawrence Expwy & Moorpark Ave.)
Reservations: (408) 973-0604
Mon-Sat, 5pm - 11:30pm