• Strip Steak of Filet Mignon? Which Is Best for Satisfying Your Craving for Steak

    When you are craving the savory succulence of steak, no other meal can substitute the flavor you are after. There are, however, many ways to enjoy a steak—leaving you with a few key decisions to make at the dinner table such as which cut of meat to order. If you decide to fulfill your craving for steak at House of Genji, you will find only the finest cuts of beef prepared on the teppanyaki grill, which enhances the subtlety and tenderness of every piece of meat. Below is a closer look at the distinct differences between our two most popular cuts of steak to help you decide what to order for dinner.


    Strip Steak

    Strip steak, also called New York Strip, comes from the loin. This cut is at the rear of the animal, which is where the most tender steaks are found on the steer. The NY Strip is best known for its even, moderate marbling that lends a delightful meaty flavor without the overwhelming fattiness of heavier cuts such as rib eye. Because the fat is evenly and lightly distributed throughout the steak, it grills beautifully to a temperature of medium-rare to medium.

    Filet Mignon

    The filet is a delectable cut of steak that is served in smaller portions, because the steak is so low in fat, which makes it among the most expensive cuts of beef. Like the NY Strip, the filet is from the loin, but it offers a very different flavor. The low fat content of filet mignon makes for an incredibly delicate flavor and allows diners to savor meat cooked to the rarest temperatures.

    To explore the entire menu of teppanyaki delights offered at House of Genji in San Jose, visit our website or call us at (408) 453-8120. In addition to teppanyaki foods grilled in front of you at the table, we offer an extensive selection of cocktails, sushi, and classic Japanese dishes.

  • Why House of Genji Is the Perfect Destination for Special Occasions

    Whether you are celebrating a holiday, anniversary, or birthday, House of Genji can provide the ideal setting for your festivities with flashy tableside cooking techniques, delectable Japanese cuisine, and a wide-ranging selection of signature cocktails and sake. Our teppanyaki tables can seat up to 11 diners, so you can easily book a dinner for a large crowd. Plus, when you let our staff know that you are celebrating a special occasion, we will take every step to ensure that the experience is a memorable one for you and your guests. The dining room is a welcoming atmosphere for diners of all ages, so you can even bring the kids along when you are celebrating with the whole family.

    Happy Senior Couple Toasting

    If you want to start planning your next event at San Jose’s House of Genji, contact us today through our website or by calling (408) 453-8120. Our unique dining experience will help you capture the spirit of celebration without breaking your budget.

  • 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.

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    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 !