236 Central Plz
Los Altos, CA 94022
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Sumika

Neighborhoods: North Los Altos
Cuisine: Japanese, Tea, Sushi

Sumika is a Japanese, Tea, and Sushi restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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shaomai

 San Jose, CA
 

Not my cup of tea, but could be yours

I was really looking forward to eating here, b/c I’ve been trying to find a Japanese restaurant in the Bay Area that served chicken skin yakitori ever since I had some really awesome ones in NYC. In 5 years of keeping my eyes open, this was the first restaurant I’ve heard of, so I was very excited to go.

The restaurant was a little difficult to find with the maze of one way streets and the fact that Plaza Central is actually kind of just a parking lot. I would suggest calling the restaurant and getting directions, b/c I think the ones we got via google maps were wrong. the restaurant however is very cute inside — it’s very small and intimate, and i liked how the front portion of the restaurant was all bench seating – i felt like we had plenty of room at our table. The wait staff was also very nice and helpful.

Since I came with 4 other friends, we were able to order quite a few things off the menu. unfortunately, i didn’t like most of it. the salad was great, and the bacon wrapped asparagus was pretty good. i think that the food was ok, but i realized that i just didn’t have the taste for most of it. however, if you like chicken organs, you might like more of it than i did.

Overall, I felt like they did everything well for what they do, I just didn’t like a lot of it.

Kobe style beef yakitori

Not bad, but not great. Tender, but just not awesome. Not worth $4.50 to me.

Oyako-don

Chicken and egg over rice and soup – this was actually pretty good. rather small for $12, but a good size if you’re sharing lots of small plates.

Enoki mushroom rolls wrapped in a slice of black pork

the black pork is kind of like bacon, but the enoki mushrooms are so thick and tightly wrapped it’s really hard to bite into. people solved this problem by just putting the entire thing in their mouths in one bite

asparagus wrapped in a slice of black pork

imo, much better than the enoki mushrooms. asparagus done perfectly, and very tasty with the pork.

Chicken Skin with ponzu

i was really excited about this dish b/c i love ponzu and i came for the chicken skin, right? WRONG. it’s raw chicken skin (i was expecting fried), with gelatinous ponzu. i don’t like slimy, chewy things, so i thought this dish was nasty.

SUMIKA's famous Organic Fried Chicken

Pretty good. Nothing negative to say about this, juicy and well-seasoned.

Fresh chicken spring roll with wasabi mayo

this dish was just kind of boring. it didn’t have very much flavor, even with the wasabi mayo, which didn’t have much wasabi flavor.

SUMIKA Salad

Loved the salad. Tasty, fresh, crunch… I prefer cabbage over lettuce, and i love peanut-based dressings, so I thought this salad was superb.

Momo yakitori (chicken thigh)

juicy and good. I think i would have liked it to be a little more flavorful, but the chicken had good texture and moisture.

Hatsu yakitori (chicken heart)

i knew i didn’t like hearts, but i ate a bite of this thinking it was liver. i had to spit it out… i guess i just really, really don’t like chicken hearts.

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Channing

 San Francisco, CA
 

Went here for lunch and had the bento. Also...

Went here for lunch and had the bento. Also tried the Oyako Don and the teriyaki special. The food was okay and the organic chicken was well friend in the bento, but it was nothing super special. Service was average, but not particularly good. I want to try this place again for dinner instead of lunch.

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liksani

 San Jose, CA
 

nice intimate restaurant but a little pricey

Actually wanted to give it 3.5 stars but that isn’t allowed. Had been wanting to try a Japanese yakitori place for a while, but never got around to it until now. It’s located in downtown Los Altos with somewhat confusing driving directions and as a side note, downtown Los Altos is absolutely creepily dead on Sunday nights.

Restaurant is small like many Japanese restaurants and very nicely decorated. It’d be a good place for a small groups of friends or couples to go. Not sure where they would actually seat large groups or if they can even handle that.

I found the food to be fairly good, but expensive for what you’re getting. I would come back here again in the future since I don’t know of many yakitori places and it was nice. Just it wouldn’t be a regular occurance.

Oyako-don

This was one of the best oyako dons i’ve had. The egg was a good still somewhat runny consistancy which nicely contrasted with the tenderness of the chicken and the rice.

Momo yakitori (chicken thigh)

For some reason, I really liked this. But what’s not to like about chicken pieces on a stick? It is grilled perfectly as the chicken is still juicy but not undercooked. It was lightly seasoned with salt and really that was all that was needed to bring out the flavor of the chicken. Quite delicious.

Tomato Salad

I was quite disappointed by this. =( I ordered it expecting it to be tomato with something else, but it was just a tomato sliced up arranged artfully around some raw onion curls. Quite beautiful and to its credit, the tomato was quite good. But, 6.50 for just a tomato and some onion slices… Not really worth it in my opinion….

Agedashi tofu

Mmm agedashi tofu. It was beautifully presented and actually quite good. Nice light sauce that perfectly matched the lightly fried pieces of agedashi tofu.

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Pros
Great service flexibility on menu ordering
Cons
Nothing
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Sumika is located near the cities of Los Altos Hills, Mountain, Mountain View, Loyola Corners, and Mt View.
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