There are many places around South Bay where you can go to enjoy some food and drinks with your co-workers. For starters, you have all those restaurants around downtown Mountain View on Castro street. Of course, most of them cater to the power lunch crowds. You can’t blame them since business rents in that area are as astronomical as residential rents. So to find a more down to earth comfort foods, you have to look elsewhere. For us, we had two requirements, close to the office and Japanese izakaya. Enter Tanto.

It’s located on El Camino and is a popular spot. So make sure you get reservations. Parking can be problematic too given the annoyed neighboring business who had to deal with the success of Tanto. Make sure you read the signs when you park.

Inside there are your tables and off to the side are booths, semi traditional ones where you can take off your shoes before sitting. It’s a very inviting atmosphere. Add in the wait staff and you’ll feel right at home. Our dishes came out quickly one after the other. And our waitress was helpful in making sure we weren’t over ordering, which we still ended up doing. But hey, she warned us. Sure, the food was classified as Japanese tapas, but the portions were more than what we expected. So glad we had a large enough group!

Tanto Japanese Restaurant
1063 E El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
+1 (408) 244-7311

Verdict: A must for those of you working in Mountain View or Sunnyvale who don’t want to travel too far for a great meal.

Sashimi Salad @Tanto Japanese Restaurant

As basic as it may sound, sashimi with your typical garden greens, the combination tasted really good. Fresh and with that kick of citrus, this was a great start to our meal. So good in fact, we ordered another.

$12.95USD

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Gyutan @Tanto Japanese Restaurant

You may be wondering why these aren't on a skewer, but when you see how much you get, it becomes a moot point. It's grilled perfectly and cut up for you without you prying it off those impatient sticks.

$6.50USD

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Yagi Onigiri @Tanto Japanese Restaurant

Salmon filled rice balls toasted to a golden brown and topped with some salmon roe. You can't do onigiri any better than this.

$6.25USD

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Uni Tamagotoji @Tanto Japanese Restaurant

This was by far my favorite of the night. It's a casserole topped with uni and a wonderful poached egg for all your yolk porn. Oh so good. Just watch out for that plate. It's pretty damn hot.

$12.95USD

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Nankotsu Karage @Tanto Japanese Restaurant

I know these are usually enjoyed for their crunchy texture, but I wasn't expecting these parts to be the chicken cartilage pieces I've always pondered about.

$6.50USD

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Uni Yakimeshi @Tanto Japanese Restaurant

I really wanted to like this dish, but it's simply rice with uni in a clay pot that makes the rice a bit crispy. What I was really expecting was that it was a fried rice mixture before it was put into the pot. That, my friend, would have been awesome.

$10.50USD

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Kamo Tataki @Tanto Japanese Restaurant

This was an interesting sight on the menu, marinated duck breast. You know I had to try it and you know what? Not bad.

$10.50USD

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Mentaiko Pasta @Tanto Japanese Restaurant

Closing out our meal was the spicy cod roe pasta. It's a very heavy dish and don't worry, it's not too spicy. But it was definitely a good closer if you still were hungry.

$10.50USD

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The OxPosted April 15, 2016 By the hungry ox


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