Tonkotsu Ramen - fantastically flavored broth, noodles with a good bite, and loved the slight char on the chashu (roasted pork)
Perfect soft-boiled egg
Karaage (fried chicken) - very tender, moist and fresh (definitely not frozen and fried)
Next up is Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas (apologies in advance for the poor photo quality. I considered forgoing this part of the post, but the food was so good that I really wanted to share this place). There were 2 standout things in the Yelp reviews: Hamachi Carpaccio and Clay Pot (we ordered the Sake Oyako Meshi - grilled salmon w/ salmon roe version):
Hamachi Carpaccio - fresh fish and nice flavors, but have had similar at other eateries
Salmon Clay Pot Rice - SO good! I've found many clay pot rices fall on the bland side and rely too much on some kind of added sauce component. Not the case here. Well seasoned and incredibly flavorful. We ordered a small (typical size for 2 people), but will be going for a medium next time because we couldn't get enough of it.
The best parts were these crunchy bits of rice
You have the option of adding dashi-soup to your rice for $2.50. I would definitely recommend this - it was like 2 meals in 1.
Teapot of dashi-soup
If you have any Bay Area favorites, please do share! We love exploring good eats :)