Once I got called back for my reservation request I was so damn gleeful. And yeah, that’s right, it was a reservation request. You call and leave a message for the days you think you can make it and they’ll call back to confirm. It’s not some automated response either. You get to talk to the host. That’s right, they call up each potential patron. Now if that was any indication on the level of service we were in store for, I knew we were in for a treat. After all, this was for Japanese kaiseki where service plays a huge part in the meal. And I have to say, Wakuriya delivered.
The restaurant was kept dark. Shades drawn and lights kept at a minimal for you and you party.
However, it’s an open kitchen and if you land a seat at the bar, you’ve got direct access to chef Katsuhiro Yamasaki. His wife does most of the explanations but on occasion, he will come by with the next course. Either case, he’s the one putting together the meal with some help from the back kitchen.
Overall it was an amazing meal with impeccable service. Listening to each course while taking in the beauty of each dish brought me back to Japan. Though, some of the dishes showcased the ingredients found here in the U.S., like the Snake River Farms wagyu. This was everything I wanted. All from a little place in a little shopping mall (Crystal Springs Shopping Village) outside of the city.
115 De Anza Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402
+1 (650) 286-0410
Verdict: Oh yeah, it lives up to it’s promise.