Oh my goodness. If you know me, you know my love for Japanese food is REAL. But, little did I know that the city of Burlingame there is a decent number of Japanese restaurants. All of the Japanese restaurants that I have encountered and ate at are extremely good. It was very hard to narrow it down but here are some of my favorite places to eat Japanese cuisine while in Burlingame.
I don’t know about anyone else, but when it comes to Asian curries, I love them all. Particularly, I am a huge fan of Japanese curry though, since I am half Japanese and all. Also, because I am half Japanese, I have high standards when it comes to delicious Japanese cuisine, and Curry Hyuga is by far a place for delicious Japanese curry! Here are some dishes I would highly recommend trying.
1. Tokatsu Curry: I think the Tonkatsu (Fried Pork Cutlet) Curry has to be my favorite item. The meat was seasoned and fried to perfection. I love that their Tonkatsu is slightly thicker than normal curry houses. It is delicious and oh so comforting.
2. Cheeseburg Curry: For those cheese lovers, I highly recommend this dish. The hamburg steak is filled with gooey and melty cheese and then paired with curry sauce, rice, shredded cabbage, and a side of potato salad.
3. Hayashi Omurice: For those who aren’t craving curry, I highly recommend trying the Hayashi Omurice. Similar looking, but way different in taste. The Hayashi Rice is a demi glazed and tomato-based sauce cooked creamy and mild. Instead of the typical onions, carrots, potatoes that you would see in typical Japanese curry, in a Hayashi Omurice, you will find shredded beef and mushroom! It’s SO GOOD.
4. SIDES: If you like eggs in your curry, get the sliced eggs for that extra flavoring. Also I would recommend any of the appetizers really! The Black Pepper Edamame is extremely good. The Karaage is solid if you liked fried chicken. Not to mention, I rarely ever see such a dish, but their Corn Potage Soup! Corn Potage Soup is extremely popular in japan. It is a soup made with super creamy corn, chicken bouillon and butter. It’s delicious.
LOCATION: 1204 Broadway Burlingame, CA 94010
Hanabi Ramen & Japanese Curry
I remember my first time visiting Hanabi Ramen & Japanese Curry. I was on a business trip flying in from Los Angeles (I was living in LA at the time before moving to the Bay Area), and my manager and I were extremely hungry after a long business meeting. We were craving ramen, and found Hanabi Ramen & Japanese Curry on the list of places provided on the maps, so we decided to give it a try. We ended up loving it! This is why I wanted to share some of my favorite dishes from Hanabi Ramen & Japanese Curry.
1. Ma-Yu Ramen: At about $16, this ramen is so filling and I would stay most definitely stands out from the rest. It comes with many greens, bean sprouts, a nicely boiled eggs, and a decent sized duck leg! You can have the option to add black garlic oil which I loved a lot. The soup base is so creamy and aromatic. If this is your first time visiting, order this bowl of ramen.
2. Miso Ramen: The miso ramen is hearty and rich in taste. The Miso ramen bowl comes with chashu, seaweed, bean sprouts, and corn, but you are free to add extra toppings as you’d wish at an extra charge. I highly recommend getting double chashu with this bowl, as well as the crispy fried onion toppings if you can! Oh yummy.
3. Curry Rice Dishes: I know I just hyped up a Japanese curry spot already in this post, but know that if there is a time you aren’t craving Hanabi’s delicious ramen bowls, that you can always order their curry rice plates for a decent price. The curries here are comforting and I believe is a solid option.
LOCATION: 723 California Dr Burlingame, CA 94010
Meat, meat, and more meat. I miss eating yakitori in Japan, because I loved the simplicity of the Izakaya Tapas feel to restaurants. There are not too many restaurants that focus solely on Japanese Yakitori because in my opinion, it may look easy, but it is a hard cuisine to perfect. This is why when I discovered that there was a restaurant in Burlingame that specifically focused on Yakitori, I had to give it a try. Here are some dishes I highly recommend ordering when you visit!
1. Butabara: This is the Pork Belly yakitori. It is by far my favorite because I love the crispiness of the fat part being burnt, but also the juiciness of the pork meat. This one is too hard to pass up!
2. Bacon Wrapped Enoki Mushroom: This item is another staple that I order when I visit.
3. Wagyu Beef: I love me some Wagyu Beef. Did you know that Wagyu in Japanese literally translates to Japanese (WA) Meat (GYU)? If it’s wagyu, I know it’s premium because Japanese food is all about quality and taste. And my goodness, you can taste the flavors of the wagyu yakitori here at Mokutanya.
4. Gyutan: Gyutan is beef tongue, and although it might not be common in America to eat, it is common in Japan to eat Gyutan. You would think that the tongue would be chewy, but the Gyutan here is cooked to perfection.
5. Momo: The Momo is chicken thigh with tare sauce. Sometimes I will order the Momo with Yuzu Glaze and oh my goodness, it is a great combination of flavors.
LOCATION: 1155 California Dr Ste G Burlingame, CA 94010
There you have it. There are so many other Japanese restaurants worth trying in the city of Burlingame. If I missed your favorite spot, please let me know in the comments below! I hope you can try my recommendations and I now you have new foodie adventures waiting for you in Burlingame!