Secret Sushi Returns
Aug10

Secret Sushi Returns

Grocery store sushi doesn’t usually¬† blow my skirt up, but when Takeshi Uchida’s behind the tobiko, well, that’s a different story entirely. The former Go Fish and current Hana Japanese itamae will be serving up his own freshly-made sushi from 11:30am to 2pm Monday through Friday at Fresh by Lisa Hemenway (5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa, 595-1048), an upscale gourmet market that features both prepared and fresh...

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Shimo’s $7.95 Noodle Bar

CLOSED   Serving up authentic bowls of ramen and soba suspended in pools of earthy shoyu, miso and ginger shiso dashi broth, Cyrus Chef Douglas Keane’s new noodle bar at Shimo Modern Steak is a cheap date with all the trimmings of a luxury dinner. Rather than opening a fourth restaurant to sate his noodle passion (he has ownership stakes in Cyrus, HBG and Shimo), Keane has instead, introduced the steaming earthenware pots...

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Shabu Shabu at Hana

Sushi fondue? Well, sort of. Shabu-shabu, which is as fun to say as it is to eat, is a Japanese hot pot.¬† Like Chinese or Korean versions, it’s little more than a bowl of broth brought to the table roiling, bubbling and generally threatening to instantaneously melt anything that gets within a foot of it. With a sputtering flame beneath to maintain a constant level of molten-ness, the pot becomes a DIY meat cooker with a personal...

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Shimo Modern Steak| Healdsburg
Dec10

Shimo Modern Steak| Healdsburg

CLOSED Wood-barreled knives honed to razor-sharpness shimmer on the table. Set atop a stark white napkin, they are the lone characters in Shimo’s opening set. Meant to dazzle and awe — and maybe intimidate a little — the hand-forged Japanese cutlery made especially for Chef Douglas Keane’s new steakhouse send a rather pointed message: We’re not kidding around here. The cut on our server’s finger...

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Sushiko | Rohnert Park
Nov17

Sushiko | Rohnert Park

With one of Northern California’s top sushi spots just a mile away from this Rohnert Park sleeper, Sushiko has a lot to live up to. But this simple little sushi bar tucked quietly inside a floundering strip mall is getting lots of thumbs up from BiteClubbers who say it’s tops for everyday sushi cravings. Having shrugged off the failure of two previous lackluster tenants, the space has been transformed into a sleek Asian...

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