This is a bit late post, but for my gromance (Michael)’s birthday we went to Gintei Japanese Restaurant. It was a bit last-minute planning since he was going to spend the majority of August traveling with his family to Switzerland.
This place is decently sized, but parking isn’t that great. (San Bruno, right?) We had to park in the surrounding neighborhood. But the service was impeccable!
We actually came on a special event day! They had the owner of Homare Sake Brewery there that night, and he was going around table-to-table telling people about the history of Homare and showing us some sake from his brewery. His sake won the International Wine Competition this year (there’s a sake bracket).
His sake is Aizu Homare Daiginjo (white labeled bottle) and Aizu Homare Junmai Daiginjo (left of the white labeled bottle). The Junmai Daiginjo was my favorite! Anyways, we order the appetizers that paired with the sake. I think the fish was probably my favorite out of the appetizers.
By ordering the appetizers, you get a sake cup. There was only one, and I took it. Yes, I know it was Michae’s birthday, but you know when do get to meet the owner of a sake brewery pouring you sake?
Anyways, here’s the birthday boy needing to take a photo of his meal.
For our entree, we had the special platter. There was definitely more fish to rice ratio here. A few mixed feelings about that. The staff surprised us with dessert (since I mentioned it was Gromance’s birthday day)
This is probably the 2nd nice Japanese restaurant I have been to this year. Although this place is good, and I would go again, I still liked Wako more. I went there in March for Tim’s birthday. I made reservations a monthish in advance! But I think my inner food snob is coming out, because who doesn’t like star restaurants?