• Dressing for Your House of Genji Experience

    Whether it’s your birthday, your anniversary, a loved one’s graduation, or any night of the week that you want to make special, head to House of Genji for a dining experience you won’t soon forget. House of Genji has been serving delicious Japanese cuisine to Silicon Valley since 1971, and we take pride in the quality and freshness of everything that goes on your table. To maximize your enjoyment at House of Genji, we ask that guests observe a dressy-casual dress code. We don’t require a jacket and tie by any means, as we want you to be comfortable when you dine with us. Our chefs provide a world-class experience to you and your friends and family, and we find that a dressy-casual dress code helps elevate the experience for you and other guests in our restaurant.

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    Come into House of Genji for a special occasion or “just because” for delicious steak, seafood, sushi, and more. We offer tasty Japanese cuisine to please even the most refined palates. Call us at (408) 453-8120 to learn more about  our restaurant

  • Pairing Drinks with Japanese Foods

    When you’re in the mood for a delicious and downright exciting dining experience, head to your favorite San Jose Japanese steakhouse and see your food made right before your eyes. Order teppan-yaki and witness master chefs prepare your meal with flair, or opt for a more delicate option with fresh sushi. No matter what you decide to have for lunch or dinner, you’ll need something to wash your meal down. If you’re over 21 years of age, you may want to pair an alcoholic beverage with your meal. Continue reading to learn how to pair drinks with Japanese foods.

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    There are many different  types of sake, but at its core, sake is a beverage made from fermented rice. Some people refer to it as a rice wine, but sake shares just as many properties with beer as it does with wine. Depending on your preferences, you can choose a sake that is light, floral, and dry, or one that is sweeter. In general, it’s best to choose a sake that lets the flavor of the food you’re eating shine through. You could choose a light sake to have during your meal, and then a sweeter, unfiltered sake as an accompaniment to your dessert.

    If you prefer to stick with wine at your meal, white wine is often a good choice with Japanese food. Japanese cuisine features delicate flavors that can be subtle at times, and red wine can overpower these nuances. White wines are excellent to pair with sushi, as long as the wine does not overshadow the light taste. If you simply prefer red wine, you can pair it with a teppan-yaki meal, especially one that features steak. As with any foods, the best beverage pairing is the one that you like the best, so take a good look at the menu and stick with what you love—or branch out and try something new!

    House of Genji is proud to offer a premium selection of sakes, wines, and other alcoholic beverages to pair with your  Japanese food. Call us at (408) 453-8120 if you have any questions about our drink menu. We have been serving Silicon Valley since 1971. 

  • Highlighting Japanese Holidays [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The Japanese have a rich tradition of holidays and festivals throughout the calendar year that celebrate their history and honor their culture. Starting with the most important holiday—Sh?gatsu, or New Year—on January 1, the Japanese calendar is packed with events that honor everything from coming of age to the longevity of the country’s elderly citizens. During the country’s Golden Week, which comes in May, families take vacations together and many businesses close for the entire week, or longer. Because of the popularity of Golden Week, transportation grinds to a halt all over the country. Learn more about Japanese holidays—and discover lots of great reasons to celebrate with a teppan-yaki dinner—in this infographic from House of Genji in San Jose. Share this information with your friends and family, and plan a get-together over delicious teppan-yaki in honor of these Japanese celebrations.


  • How to Heat Sake

    Sake is a traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice. There are many different types of sake, some of which are best served hot instead of cold. Watch this video to learn the proper way to heat sake.

    If your sake has been in the refrigerator, it should be allowed to come to room temperature before being heated. The sake flask, known as a tokkuri, should be placed in a warm water bath. Once the sake itself is at room temperature, pour it into the flask. Prepare a saucepan with water and heat it to between 100 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit, using a food thermometer to measure the temperature. Japanese restaurants often have a thermometer designed especially for sake flasks that will fit inside without sinking.

    You can expect your sake at House of Genji to be heated perfectly each time you have it alongside your Japanese meal. Contact us at (408) 453-8120 to make a reservation. Don’t forget to  visit our website  for a look at our lunch, dinner, and sushi menus. 

  • Exploring the Many Health Benefits of Ginger

    When you are dining at your favorite Japanese steakhouse, you’ll experience a world of new flavors. While every dish is a little different, many of them will share common ingredients. Ginger is commonly used in Japanese cuisine to flavor teppan-yaki dishes, and pickled ginger is typically served alongside sushi and sashimi. In addition to being delicious, ginger offers a number of health benefits that may come as surprises to you. Keep reading to learn about the many health benefits of ginger, and you’ll be even more likely to use it liberally during your next meal.

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    Stomach Relief
    Have you ever felt motion sickness, stomach aches, or just general gastrointestinal distress? If you’re like most people, the answer is yes. While you could reach for medications out of your medicine cabinet, you can also eat ginger to provide relief for your discomfort. Ginger has been shown to be effective in relieving the symptoms of motion sickness, including dizziness, nausea, and cold sweats. It soothes the entire digestive tract, so whether you’re on an airplane or you’ve overindulged at a restaurant, a bit of ginger can help you feel better.

    Perhaps one of the most impressive  health benefits of ginger  is that it is an anti-inflammatory. Research has shown that individuals with arthritis experience relief of pain and swelling when they have a regular intake of ginger. Even if you don’t have arthritis, adding ginger to your meals may help reduce the aches and pains of everyday life due to overexertion or muscle tension.

    Immune Boost
    No one wants to come down with a cold or the flu, and ginger may be able to help you fight these off. Ginger can warm you from the inside on a cold day, and also promotes sweating in a healthy manner. Sweating may help you fight off infections, so have a cup of ginger tea, or pile on the ginger at your favorite Japanese steakhouse.

    Visit  House of Genji in San Jose  to experience a delicious meal full of health benefits. Ask your server for extra ginger in your meal or next to your sushi. Call us at (408) 453-8120 to make a reservation or to ask us questions about our menu.