Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sarku Japan--Santa Clara, CA

Needing to return some clothes to Nordstrom today, I swung by Sarku Japan in the food court of the Valley Fair Mall. I went with today's special, Teriyaki Shrimp and Chicken. For $6.49 plus tax I got a styrofoam container full of rice (one can choose between white and fried) and vegetables topped with chicken and shrimp. A big selling point is the meal is served hot and fresh. Four cooks cut and fry your meet of choice in front of the line of customers, then serve it up on the counter. Just as attractive as the freshness, though, is the quantity of meat one can get for ponying up another 99 cents if one orders the Chicken Teriyaki with extra chicken. That dish comes loaded--I mean loaded--with bird. It'll be what I get when I go there next (if my system can handle the sodium).

The quantity and freshness are what keep me coming back to Sarku. I wouldn't recommend going, though, if you're looking for authentic Japanese cuisine. Yes, there's some teriyaki sauce used, but that's the extent of the Japanese influence. Moreover, the cooks, as jolly as they were (and they were very jolly), bantered in Cantonese.

Sarku Japan
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95052
(408) 241-1147