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Choosing the Healthiest Sushi Options Available

Sushi is well-known as a healthy option for dining out, but there are still some calorie-rich options to be aware of as you order your favorite rolls. As this video explains, the fish and vegetables are the healthiest components of sushi, and fried ingredients generally make for the least healthy options. While steering clear of rolls with fried components, you should also pass on cream cheese, full-sodium soy sauce, and extra rice in your rolls. For more help in deciding what you should order, check out the full clip.

To design your own healthy meal, including lean sushi rolls and items fresh from the teppanyaki grill, visit House of Genji in San Jose. You can set up a reservation at our website or call us at (408) 453-8120 for more information.

The Cocktail Lover's Guide to Sake

When you sit down to a meal at your favorite Japanese restaurant, you have a lot of choices in front of you. In addition to selecting what food you’d like to have (choices include sushi, teppanyaki, and sashimi), you’ll want to pick the perfect beverage to accompany your meal. Sake is a delicate drink made from fermented rice, a Japanese tradition that has many varieties. Keep reading to learn a little bit more about this drink for the 21 and over crowd.

California Rolls

Categories of Sake

There are three basic categories of sake: junmai, ginjo, and daiginjo. These words refer to how much the grains of rice are polished before fermentation. Junmai sakes are pure, containing only the four basic ingredients of sake: rice, water, yeast, and specific type of mold spore that produces fermentation. The other two varieties are slightly less pure but are still excellent choices for flavor. Daiginjo sakes tend to be the most refined, and pair well with lighter foods.

Hot or Cold?

Many Japanese restaurants offer a choice of sakes that are served either hot or chilled. The best sakes are usually served either chilled or at room temperature, while slightly less pure versions can sometimes be served hot. However, there are some dry sakes that are delicious served warm because it makes the flavor a bit milder. Like choosing a wine, the important thing is exploring the different varieties and finding what you like the best.

Sake Meter Value

Sakes can be just as complex as fine wines, and have their own terminology specific to the drink. The sake meter value, or SMV, measures how sweet or dry a particular sake is. The scale ranges from -10, which is the sweetest, to +10, which is the driest. Unfiltered sakes that are cloudy in appearance and popular in many Japanese restaurants tend to fall towards the +10 end of the SMV.

Are you ready to become a sake connoisseur? Visit House of Genji in beautiful San Jose for an education in Japanese food and beverage. Call us at (408) 453-8120 or visit us online to take a look at our menus!

What Are the Different Types of Sushi You Might Savor at House of Genji?

When you’re hungry for something a little bit different, head over to your San Jose Japanese steakhouse for a sushi meal. Sushi is both healthy and delicious, and there are plenty of choices to satisfy novice and experienced sushi eaters! Whether you prefer something simple like a tuna roll or you want a wider sampling of seafood, you’ll find sushi to suit your appetite at House of Genji. Read on to learn about our sushi menu offerings.

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Sushi A La Carte

When you visit your favorite Japanese restaurant, you’ll find a wide array of sushi to satisfy you. You may want to pick and choose something from each section of the menu to share with your dining companion. One way to start off your sushi experience is with nigiri sushi, which is simply fish placed on top of a pad of rice. Your sushi chef may add a bit of wasabi for just a hint of heat! Choose from tuna, salmon, or BBQ eel if you’re feeling conservative—or try octopus or salmon fish roe if you’re in an adventurous mood! You’ll get two pieces, so you and your companion can each try one.

Sushi Rolls

Sushi rolls, otherwise known as maki-sushi, mix rice, seaweed, and a combination of fish or vegetables in one compact package. The California Roll is a great choice for people who are just discovering sushi, as its made of imitation crab meat, avocado, and cucumber. For a little bit of crunch, go with a Dragon Roll, which features shrimp tempura wrapped with eel and avocado. Make your rolls as simple or complex as you wish!


For true seafood lovers, sashimi is the obvious choice. Sashimi is raw fish accompanied by rice on the side. Try the Deluxe Sushi Platter for a taste of all of the best kinds of seafood!

Now that your appetite has been whetted, it’s time to visit House of Genji in San Jose to sample all of your favorite sushi concoctions! Call us at (408) 453-8120 or come in tonight for delicious Japanese food.

Delectable Side Dishes to Complete Your Japanese Steakhouse Meal

Eating at a Japanese steakhouse is an experience like no other. When you sit down at a teppanyaki grill with your friends and family, you’ll be treated to dinner and a show from our incredible chefs! House of Genji offers a number of delectable side dishes to complement your main course. Choose edamame, which are boiled and salted soybeans in their pods and share with your whole party! Or, try the delicate Ahi Tataki, which is sliced and seared Ahi tuna served with a special sauce. Get crunchy with Deep Fried Calamari, or keep it light with Agedashi Tofu.

Unagi Sushi

Hungry? Don’t wait—come to House of Genji to try these side dishes and more! Call us at (408) 453-8120 or visit our website if you have any questions. We have been serving Silicon Valley since 1971.

Brush Up on Your Chopstick Skills

When you want to experience an authentic Japanese meal, brush up on your chopstick skills so you can eat in the traditional way! Watch this video for tips on how to use chopsticks.

The key to successfully using chopsticks is to remember that only one of the chopsticks moves. Grasp one chopstick like you’re holding a pen, and slide the other under so it’s cradled by your thumb and ring finger. Use the top chopstick to pick up food, and keep the lower one steady. With a little bit of practice, you’ll be a master in no time!

Visit House of Genji anytime you want to brush up on your chopstick skills—or anytime you have an appetite! Contact us at (408) 453-8120 or visit our website to make a reservation for tonight.

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