Oakland - Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

By Carol & Joe Davis
Dining Detectives

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Downtown Oakland's "Restaurant Row" is a hotspot for upscale dining. It is hard to believe that Ozumo Oakland which led the way to help revitalize this area has been open for almost two years now. This impressive and stylish restaurant features a Sushi Bar, Robata Grill, a beautiful Bar with a the evening, and a Sake Lounge with the largest "By the Glass" Premium Sake selection in the United States. Executive Chef Yo Matsuzaki has raised the level for Japanese cuisine in the Bay Area with his creative and traditional dishes.

We started out our dinner with Voss Sparkling Water and warm Edamame Japanese style beans. Megu, our professional server, encouraged us to pair Sake with each course which sounded great and we let her make the selections for us. The first course which we always enjoy was traditional Miso Soup. Next, we tried the Hanabi which was a wonderful appetizer of Hamachi with avocado in warm garlic, jalapeno ponzu. It was cut extremely thin and had very complimentary flavors.

The Masumi Arabashiri Nama Sake (unpasturized sake) paired perfectly!
Our next course was flavorful Futago "twins" Washu Flatloin beef on spinach from Snake River Farms in Idaho known for their American Kobe Beef. The Sushi and Sashimi course was fabulous as well! We particularly enjoyed the JP Saba Mackerel, Botenabi Sweet Prawns and the Sake Salmon. The white ginger, wasabi and low sodium soy sauce were all a cut above as accompaniments. The Masumi Karakuchi Kipon Sake paired perfectly.

Our next course was the Kushi Platter Robata Grill skewers which included salmon, beef, chicken, prawns and grilled corn served with sweet onion butter. The Japanese Sumi charcoals for high heat and fast cooking sealed in all the flavorful juices. The Wakatake Daiginjo Sake paired perfectly. Warm towels were a nice touch, as we relaxed and anticipated our dessert which was Dark Chocolate Fondue. The Belgian chocolate was rich and subtle, not too sweet and we loved the tasty cake and fresh fruit which included liche, raspberries and strawberries. The Toki Meki "Love at first Sight" Sake paired perfectly.

Ozumo is currently featuring a four course Prix Fixe dinner menu with multiple choices for only $35.00, Happy Hour from 4:00PM-8:00PM including specials for Golden State Warrior home games and has Valet parking in the evening. We really enjoyed our fabulous meal, the attention to detail, beautiful atmosphere and the professional friendly staff. What could be better!

OZUMO Oakland
2251 Broadway (at Grand Avenue)
Oakland, CA. 94612


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