Warm atmosphere at ichiZen in Millbrae 

click to enlarge Upscale traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes are on the menu at ichiZen in Millbrae. - COURTESY  PHOTO
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  • Upscale traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes are on the menu at ichiZen in Millbrae.
A new Millbrae eatery, ichiZen, is serving upscale traditional and contemporary Japanese meals with “omotenashi,” the spirit of warm Japanese hospitality. Familiar dishes such as tempura are offered, as well as creative, chef-driven prix-fixe kaiseki feasts. Starters on the menu include beef tataki and spicy tuna monaka (similar to a sandwich with wafers instead of bread) and sushi, sashimi and rolls from the lengthy raw bar. Some of the fish is flown in from Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, the world’s most renowned seafood market. Warm dishes include deep fried soft shell crab, grilled miso black cod, and clams steamed in sake, as well as bowls of udon and soba. Seasonal kaiseki prix fixe meals or shorter set meals feature salad, miso soup and pickles, and entrees such as Kurobota pork katsu curry or a tempura and grilled fish combination. Homemade matcha green tea ice cream is for dessert. The modern space, in black, white and brown tones with white tablecloths, is sophisticated yet tranquil.

102 S El Camino Real, Millbrae; (650) 231-4440. ichizencuisine.com

Redwood City

Truckee, perhaps best known as a convenient town for Lake Tahoe visitors, also is known for omelettes. Squeeze In, a decades-old favorite of locals and skiers which was featured on the Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” has opened its first Bay Area location in Redwood City in the former Pizza Primo space. (Three others are in Nevada). The breakfast and lunch-only menu showcases massive omelettes, such as the signature “Racy Tracy” (with mushrooms, jack cheese, bacon and avocado) seen on TV. Some choices are bizarre: The “Zweifel” has peanut butter, apples and bananas. The lengthy menu also offer benedicts, burgers, burritos, sandwiches and salads. A whimsical atmosphere _ with peace signs, dinosaurs, aliens and creative sketches on the chalkboard ceiling tiles _ complements the wild menu. Don’t miss the salty-sweet chocolate covered bacon.

3710 Florence St., Redwood City; (650) 361-9500. Squeezein.com

Easter

Some Peninsula restaurants are offering special brunch or dinner menus for Easter Sunday next week. Angelica’s Fine Dining Bar and Entertainment in Redwood City is serving an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet with bottomless mimosas ($38.50 for adults, $15 for children) and hosting an Easter Egg hunt for the young and young at heart. The celebration at Madera at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park includes a three-course prix fixe brunch ($90 for adults, $45 for kids) with spring pea risotto with Perigord truffles and green garlic as well as activities _ a petting zoo and an appearance by the Easter Bunny _ for the kids.

863 Main St., Redwood City; (650) 679-8184. Angelicasllc.com

2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park; (650) 561-1540. Maderasandhill.com

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