• Spotlight on Our Ahi Tataki Side Order

    When planning their visit to a Japanese restaurant, many individuals look forward to enjoying high-quality, delicious seafood dishes. At House of Genji, we offer a wide array of teppanyaki entrees, sushi dishes, and side orders that include seafood ingredients like scallops, prawns, lobster tail, calamari, salmon, shrimp, and tuna. Among these is our popular ahi tataki side order.

    House of Genji’s ahi tataki dish features sliced and seared ahi tuna that is lightly dipped in a ginger soy sauce and served with a rice vinegar dipping sauce. Ahi tuna, which is also known as yellowfin tuna, is light pink to deep red in color and has a relatively strong flavor.

    Come and see us at House of Genji to try our ahi tataki option or one of our other delicious sides, such as the deep-fried calamari or shrimp sauté. To make your reservation at our Japanese restaurant in San Jose, call (408) 453-8120.

  • See the Chefs of House of Genji in Action

    House of Genji is a Japanese steakhouse in the heart of Silicon Valley that features teppanyaki dining and a cocktail lounge. Their teppanyaki tables seat 8-11 people and offer a great option for birthday parties and office get-togethers. Watch this video to see a House of Genji chef in action.

    The restaurant tends to have a lot of action going on, and this group brought the whole family to enjoy the delicious food and fun atmosphere. First, sushi, salad, and soup are served, and the chef then prepares fried rice on the large griddle. Next, onions, zucchini, and mushrooms are expertly cooked, followed by shrimp, steak fillets, and bean sprouts.

    If you’d like a front row seat to see the House of Genji chefs in action, please call our Japanese steakhouse in San Jose at (408) 453-8120 to make your party’s reservation.

  • Top Reasons to Fall in Love with Teppanyaki Cooking

    For many people who enjoy Japanese dining, teppanyaki represents the epitome of fun and excitement that can be enjoyed at a restaurant. If you’ve yet to give this type of meal a try, then keep reading to learn the top reasons why you might fall in love with teppanyaki cooking.

    The Unique Ordering Style

    Like most people, you’ve probably experienced that awkward moment when no one can decide if they want an appetizer or dessert because they don’t want to be the only one to order. With teppanyaki cooking, dishes are prepared and served as they are ordered, eliminating the need to worry about courses.

    The Open Kitchen

    If you love the fact that some of today’s most stylish restaurants are removing kitchen walls to allow guests to see the cooking in action, then you might fall in love with teppanyaki dining. This cooking style has incorporated an open kitchen since long before it was trendy, and teppanyaki chefs specialize in entertaining the patrons at their table with their flashy cooking and knife skills.

    The Fun Experience

    For many diners, watching a teppanyaki cook in action is great entertainment. The chefs often make this experience even more fun for the guests by making jokes or encouraging conversation. If you’re interested in something other than a quiet evening meal, then teppanyaki may be just what you’re looking for.

    The Exciting Atmosphere

    Watching your chef’s quick hands chop, flip, and toss your food as it’s being prepared in front of you makes for a lively event, but the presence of fire takes the display up a few notches. The flames will be hot, bright, and quite close, making a teppanyaki dining experience anything but a typical night out.

    If you’re ready to fall in love with teppanyaki cooking, then come and see us at House of Genji. To schedule your appointment at our Japanese steakhouse in San Jose, please call (408) 453-8120.

  • What Are Some Popular Japanese Desserts?

    In Japan, both traditional and Western desserts are beloved by many. Keep reading to learn about some of the sweets that Japanese restaurants, confectionaries, and street vendors often serve in Japan.

    Fruit Sandwiches

    If you’re like many people, then you imagine something savory when you think about enjoying a sandwich. In Japan, however, fruit sandwiches are a popular snack. This simple dessert is made by placing whipped cream and fresh fruit in between sliced bread.


    Originating in France and now adapted to Japanese tastes, the parfait is an iconic dessert in Japan. This treat is often made by layering corn flakes, ice cream, and chocolate sauce, and then topping the dish with options like whipped cream, sponge cake, fresh fruit, and sprinkles.

    Ice Cream

    Hugely popular and a preferred summer snack for many, soft serve ice cream is offered and enjoyed throughout Japan. Rice dumplings filled with ice cream are another option for those who love this frozen dessert. While traditional ice cream flavors are popular, you can also find options like wasabi, matcha, and red bean.

    Coffee Jelly

    This is another dessert that is a favorite summertime treat in Japan. Coffee jelly is a simple dish made with sweetened, coffee-flavored jelly, and it is often enjoyed with ice cream, whipped cream, or sweetened condensed milk.


    While you may associate crepes with fine French dining, in Japan, they have become a readily available street food. Often sold by street vendors and wrapped in paper for easy carrying, crepes can have a variety of fillings, such as ice cream, chopped nuts, fresh fruit, and chocolate sauce.


    Wagashi are traditional Japanese desserts that are often enjoyed with tea. The variety that is commonly associated with wagashi and the tea ceremony is called namagashi . Namagashi sweets are made using rice flour and a sweet bean filling, and they are hand-formed into shapes that reflect the season.

    House of Genji features offers teppanyaki dining, a cocktail lounge, and delicious Japanese food in San Jose. Call (408) 453-8120 today to make your reservation.

  • The Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival: Praying for a Rich Harvest

    If you enjoy dining at Japanese restaurants, then you might find it interesting to learn that in Japan, the Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival is held each year to pray for a good harvest that will provide food for the town by protecting crops from wind damage.

    Held annually in Toyama City on the first three days of September, the Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival is a traditional event that is designed to appease the wind and promote a successful and bountiful harvest. This folk festival corresponds with the 210 th day after the first day of spring, which is a date that’s said to be affected by calamities that affect agriculture. To help protect farms from typhoons, the men and women of the town cease work during the festival days, light lanterns, dance at night, and pray for a rich harvest.

    If you’d like to get a taste of authentic Japanese dining, teppanyaki, and culture here at home, then come and try the delicious cuisine served at House of Genji. To schedule your reservation at our Japanese steakhouse in San Jose, call (408) 453-8120.