• Planning Your Business Lunch Meeting at House of Genji

    Your business lunch has to be productive, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t also be enjoyable. House of Genji offers a comprehensive lunch of menu of hibachi, teppanyaki, and much more, so there is something for everyone in your group. Whether you want something light to get you through the afternoon or a more substantial meal to fuel you for a demanding day ahead, you’ll find it on our lunch menu.


    Are you planning a business lunch designed to court a new client or network with a potential contact? Make lunchtime fun with a traditional teppanyaki meal that will break the ice and get everyone relaxed. If you need some time to concentrate on a major project, grab a table for a hibachi meal or a salad while you work.


    Choose House of Genji for your next business lunch. You can learn more about our Japanese restaurant in San Jose, including our lunch menu, by calling (408) 453-8120.


  • Visiting Kyoto’s Arashyama District

    The Arashyama District is located in Western Kyoto. It is best known for being the home of the iconic bamboo forest, but it has many other attractions to boast, from temples to excellent Japanese food.


    Watch this video to learn more about visiting the district. The Tenyruji Temple is a UNSECO World Heritage Site that welcomes visitors daily. People also love to see the Togetsukyo Bridge and the mountain trails that surround the region.


    For a taste of Japan closer to home, choose House of Genji. Find out more about our Japanese food, including our teppanyaki dining experience in San Jose, by calling (408) 453-8120.

  • Spotlight on Ponzu Sauce

    Ponzu is a popular ingredient in Japanese cooking that is only beginning to take its rightful place in American kitchens. If you love Japanese food, you have likely had ponzu sauce in your favorite dishes. It is used in many different ways, from marinades to dipping sauces, and has a taste that is very distinctive. Here’s what you need to know about ponzu sauce and how you can use it in your cooking—and how your favorite Japanese restaurant may be using it in theirs.


    What is ponzu sauce?

    Ponzu sauce looks similar to soy sauce, but it tastes very different. It is made from rice wine, rice vinegar, bonito fish flakes, seaweed, and citrus fruit. Typically, yuzu is used in ponzu sauce, but it is sometimes made with kabosu, daidai, and sudachi. The citrus fruit is added at the end, after the ingredients have been combined and heated together, then it is strained. This means that the citrus flavor is prominent. Describing the taste of ponzu is difficult, because it has sweet, sour, salty, and bitter flavors all at once. These complex flavors explain why it is used in so many different ways.


    How is ponzu sauce used?

    There are endless uses for ponzu sauce. Many people incorporate it into marinades for chicken, fish, beef, and vegetables. It is also sometimes used as a dipping sauce on its own for nabe and shabu shabu. Ponzu shoyu is a popular dipping sauce that combines ponzu and soy sauce that is used to sashimi and other fish dishes. Sprinkling ponzu on rice is a popular way of giving it some additional flavor. If you want to combine ponzu into Western dishes, it makes a good substitute for Worcester sauce. Try it with steak or oysters.


    Try more tastes of Japan with a visit to House of Genji. We offer traditional teppanyaki dining in San Jose, plus lots of other Japanese favorites on our menu. Learn more about the restaurant and our hours by calling  (408) 453-8120.

  • Ideas for Pairing Japanese Food with Drinks

    Japanese food comes in a variety of flavors and textures, and as such, it pairs well with many different kinds of drinks. From beer and sake to wine and cocktails, you’re sure to find a drink you love to match with your favorite Japanese foods. This guide will help you make the right selection to go with your meal.


    Fried Foods

    Most Japanese foods are not fried, but a few popular ones are, including tempura and katsu. Beer is a good pairing for any kind of fried food, and you won’ be disappointed if you pair any kind of fried Japanese food with a light-bodied lager. If you would like to pair your fried food with wine or sake, consider what you would pair with the food underneath the breading or batter. Shrimp and fish pair well with white wines, even when it is fried. Light reds are great for beef or pork that has been fried, while whites or light reds can work for chicken. Stay away from heavier reds, as they may be too rich. For sake, cold, dry sakes are a good pairing.


    Grilled Foods

    Grilled chicken is very popular in Japanese cooking. If you’d like a white wine, sauvignon blanc is a good pick. For red, go for something light, that won’t overpower the grilled meat.  If your grilled food comes with a sauce, you can opt for fuller-bodied wines. For sake, cold, unfiltered sake is a good option, but you can choose warm sake if you prefer for grilled, sauced foods.



    Pair drinks with teppanyaki much as you would in a steakhouse. For steaks, full-bodied reds are a great choice.  Chicken dishes work with a variety of dry whites, as well as some light reds. Beer is a choice that can fit any teppanyaki meal.


    House of Genji offers a full cocktail bar plus a beer, wine, and sake menu to pair with Japanese dishes. Do you have questions about our drinks or our menus? Call our Japanese restaurant in San Jose at (408) 453-8120.