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Akane (Los Altos) Again

Sometimes, you just can’t get enough of a good thing. After our “discovery” of Akane Sushi in Los Altos, we convinced a couple of our friends to join us for dinner there just a few weeks after our first visit (Part 1 and Part 2). This time we tried to get one of the tables in front of the sushi bar but it was already taken. The wives graciously allowed us husbands to sit at the bar while they took a table in the main dining room.
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Akane Sushi (Los Altos) Part 1

I grew up in Hawaii where sushi in my family usually meant something like a California roll. We ate sashimi as well, but I’d not had nigiri, or at least really good nigiri, until coming to San Jose. Our friends introduced us to some awesome sushi at Sushi Masa in south San Jose, and we were ruined forever. Now, Annie and I are very discriminating sushi lovers.

Searching around on the Internet, I found out about Akane Sushi restaurant on the “Big List of Peninsula Sushi” http://www.emeraldlake.com/sushilist.html . It was #2 on the list because of the high quality fish at a great value. So when the opportunity arose, I suggested we head out to Los Altos and see for ourselves.
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Manresa Restaurant (Los Gatos)

We went to Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos to celebrate Annie’s birthday. We made reservations a month in advance, since this very popular restaurant garnered more attention when it was awarded 2 out of 3 stars in the prestigious Michelin Guide. When we arrived, we were seated right away. We told them that we were here for their Tasting Menu, which consists of the best plates the Chef had to offer that night.

All told, there were 4 amuse bouche, 8 entree, and 5 dessert courses. Here are some of my favorite dishes from the dinner:

Raw oyster and uni (sea urchin roe) on the half shell, with sea urchin-infused gelatin and nori (dried seaweed) flake. Wow. It went down so smoothly. *sigh*, I think I could eat a dozen more.

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