2013

Mokutanya Restaurant Review, Burlingame

Posted by Foodnut.com

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Mokutanya

1155 California Drive

Burlingame, CA 94010

650-348-9388

Mokutanya Website

Mokutanya Burlingame exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Mokutanya is a modern Japanese restaurant located in a non-descript strip mall in sleepy Burlingame. A friend suggested this restaurant, so we were excited to give it a try. The food and atmosphere exceeded our expectations. Koko is one of the better skewer restaurants in this area and Mokutanya exceeds it in terms of quality and fun.

Insider Tip – Make reservations, this place gets busy especially late

Cuisine – Japanese Yakitori
Location – Burlingame
Opened – 2011

Mokutanya Burlingame interior decor

Service – Mokutanya had fair service. We had to chase them down to get many things done.
Verdict – Mokutanya is a fun Japanese Izakaya style restaurant with surprisingly good food and an extremely modern interior. Apparentely, the restaurant turns into more of a night club in the late evening. They close at 2am everyday.

Because the service hit or miss, we recommend that you order everything at one time.

Mokutanya Signature Dishes – Skewers, Saki, Ramen.

Mokutanya’s Menu has a wide variety of items including many different Yakitori charcoal grill skewers. It will take many of these to get full, so expect expensive bills.

Website Mokutanya Menu

Mokutanya Food Picks:

Mokutanya Burlingame Sea bass skewer

Mokutanya Burlingame beef tongue

Mokutanya Burlingame grilled oyster

Kumamoto Oysters ($4 each), chicken with wasabi paste ($3.50), Kawa ($3), Guytan ($4), Butabara ($3.50), Kamo ($4), Lamb ($4), Teba ($3), Geso Karaage ($8).

Mokutanya Burlingame Wagu beef skewer

Wagyu Beef ($4.50) was a must order. Lots of flavor and extremely juicy.

Mokutanya Burlingame cold ramen

Tonkotsu Ramen ($10) was surprisingly excellent. Stellar broth.

Cold Ramen ($7) was also a must order. A nice balance of different flavors and textures.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Spicy Beef ($4) was extremely spicy and not very tender.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Mokutanya on Urbanspoon

Mokutanya Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Average)
Value Rating: (Average)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Posted on January 14th, 2013
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