Kanoya, Millbrae’s newest Japanese restaurant, is now open near the Caltrain and BART station. The menu includes Japanese standards as well as few less common specialties, such as fried soft shell crab and an appetizer-sized bowl of broth-less garlic ramen.
At dinner, starters range from classic izakaya snacks (meant to go with Kanoya’s substantial sake list) such as agedashi tofu and chicken-vegetable stuffed gyoza dumplings, to salads or baked shiitake mushrooms stuffed with crab. Tempura and tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet), typically offered as main courses, are served in appetizer portions. The rest of the menu focuses on donburi rice bowls and sushi rolls, including the house Kanoya Roll – shrimp tempura and cucumber wrapped in slices of salmon sashimi with a spritz of lemon juice.
Prices for most rolls remain reasonable, mostly under $10. Beef, lamb or pork shabu shabu sets are also served. Five bento box choices are offered at lunch. Kanoya’s dark, narrow dining room features a communal table, small booths on the side for two, and a granite- topped sake-centric bar. Diners interested in learning more about sake should try the sampling flights.
100 El Camino Real, Millbrae; (650) 652-9588. Bestkanoya.com
“One person, one pot, one whole world” is the motto of Foster City’s new waterfront hot pot specialist, Fashion Wok. After opening the French-Asian hybrid Le Burgeon last summer, the owners changed the restaurant to the contemporary, American-focused Plumeria in December. Six months later, the concept has changed yet again in the cheery space in the Edgewater Center, which has a gorgeous outdoor patio and beautiful lake views.
While hot pots at most Chinese restaurants are grand, bountiful affairs that feed families, Fashion Wok’s individual-sized pots, with imaginative broth and toppings combinations, are unique. Nine options include the house special Sichuan High Wok, packed with lamb, pork, beef, spam, shrimp, crawfish, corn, crab, tofu, vermicelli noodles and more.
In addition to hot pots, noodle soup (three versions of ramen and a spicy Sichuan beef) is are offered.
929 A Edgewater Blvd., Foster City; (650) 358-8820. Fashionwok.co
East Palo Alto
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto invites visitors to celebrate the end of each workweek this summer with special events Friday and Saturday nights through Aug. 29 that “turn back the hands of time when neither IPOs nor the speed of your Internet mattered.” During Chronicle Nights, beginning at 9 p.m., the bar in Quattro restaurant will be filled with music (live jazz on Fridays), vintage cocktails and a dark speakeasy ambiance. Winners of a business card raffle on Fridays get a two-night weekend stay at the hotel.
2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto; (650) 566-1200. Fourseasons.com/siliconvalley