Indulge in chef's choice menu at Sushi Yoshizumi 

click to enlarge Maguro nigiri is among the tasty offerings at Sushi Yoshizumi, a chic eatery serving a chef Akira Yoshizumi’s carefully crafted omakase menu. - COURTESY  PHOTO
  • Maguro nigiri is among the tasty offerings at Sushi Yoshizumi, a chic eatery serving a chef Akira Yoshizumi’s carefully crafted omakase menu.
The only choice for diners at San Mateo’s Sushi Yoshizumi is whether to enjoy sake or something else to drink. Items in the Edomae (meaning from Edo, the name of old Tokyo) sushi meal are left up to chef Akira Yoshizumi; an omakase chef’s choice tasting experience is the only option at the eatery. Dinners consist of an amuse opener, four types of otumami (snacks), eight versions of nigiri, one hand roll, tamago (sweetened omelette), miso soup, and sweets to finish – for $85.

Having learned his craft in New York and from one of Tokyo’s legendary masters, Yoshizumi follows the seasonal concept of omakase and its principle of sustainability by adhering to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s seafood watch list. The chef considers himself a sushi concierge, offering diners the chance to try new types of fish rather than the customary tuna and salmon. Edomae-style sushi is created using unique techniques, such as marinating fish in vinegar, smoking fish and curing fish in salt.

Space is extremely limited; only nine people may dine in two seatings per day in the serene room. Yoshizumi and his assistant preside over the wooden dining counter, just like in intimate Michelin-starred sushi establishments of Tokyo.

325 E. Fourth Ave., San Mateo; (650) 437-2282.

Daly City

Chopstix in Daly City offers an extensive menu of mostly Chinese dishes with a few Korean and Japanese influences, including sushi made at a sushi bar on one side of the small, newly renovated room. Pork potstickers, Shanghai xiao long bao dumplings and chow fun stir fried noodles highlight the Chinese options, while the chicken wings are the primary Korean dish. Dim sum-style dishes are available, as are about 50 other traditional Chinese and Japanese specialties. A coupleof pre-set Chinese family dinners – Cantonese, Szechuan and vegetarian – also are offered. The owners run Tao Yin, a 27-year-old restaurant in San Francisco and this is their first expansion.

6860 Mission St., Daly City; (650) 992-8889.

Daly City’s first Panera Bread is in Gellert Marketplace. The fast casual chain currently has more than 1,800 bakery-cafes nationwide. Bagels, pastries and sandwiches are served for breakfast; flatbreads, paninis, salads and the latest invention – low-calorie, soy-miso broth bowls with soba or quinoa – are offered for lunch and dinner. Wi-fi is free, and outdoor patio seating is plentiful for those who want to enjoy their orders on non-foggy days.

307 Gellert Blvd., Daly City; (650) 757-1064.

Redwood City, Half Moon Bay

A few Peninsula restaurants have special menus to celebrate Mother’s Day next week. Donato Enoteca offers a $58, four-course menu all day, with a choice of sea bass or veal loin for the entrée. Each mom will also receive a complimentary flower. On the coast, Pasta Moon is serving a set four-course lunch (with options for each course) priced at $48, but $15 for kids 12 and under.

1041 Middlefield Road, Redwood City; (650) 701-1000.

315 Main St., Half Moon Bay; (650) 726-5125.

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