• Japan’s National Culture Day is Today!

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    November 3rd is the official holiday for Japanese Culture Day. Come in and celebrate Japanese arts, culture, and FOOD with House of Genji! We will give you the ultimate dining experience with our delicious teppanyaki and we also have a great variety of fresh sushi. We look forward to serving you!

    You can read more about Culture Day here.

  • Check Out Lunch at House of Genji


    If you are in search of a healthy and satisfying lunch in San Jose, the lunch menu at House of Genji can offer the solution for you. Our lunch menu features an array of delightfully seasoned meats and seafood from the grill—including scallops, steak, chicken, and shrimp. If you can’t decide on a single favorite, you might opt for a tantalizing lunch duo pairing items like calamari and teriyaki chicken, spicy grilled tofu and shrimp, or pepper beef teriyaki and salmon.

    Lunch specials are all accompanied by our signature Genji soup, salad, steamed rice, vegetables, and green tea. For an extra filling lunch, you might add a side order of gyoza, tofu, edamame, or your favorite sushi roll.

    Are you ready to learn more about the lunch menu at House of Genji? You can see the whole menu offered at House of Genji or place a to-go order for your weekday lunch by visiting our website or calling (408) 453-8120.

  • Tips for Introducing Your Children to Sushi

    If you are a sushi lover, you may want to get your child to start loving sushi too so that you can enjoy it together. Sushi can be a difficult food to introduce to children, so you may need to use some creative strategies on your first trip to a sushi restaurant with your kids. Here are a few tips to help you ease your children into the world of sushi.

    California Rolls

    Order sushi as a side dish

    There is a chance that your kids will not like sushi on the first try, so you might not make a meal of it. Choose a restaurant with more familiar items on the menu such as teriyaki chicken so that you have a secondary option in case your child does not enjoy the sushi. Start out with some sushi rolls as a side dish and move on to a full meal of sushi later on if the introduction goes well.

    Start with simple rolls

    Sashimi and nigiri may not be the most appealing choices for young kids, but sushi rolls are an approachable way to start with sushi. California rolls, bamboo rolls, and vegetarian kappa maki are some popular choices for young diners because they feature a short list of ingredients that kids have probably encountered before.

    Avoid spicy ingredients

    While you may love your spicy tuna and dragon rolls, these might have too much of a kick for a child’s palate. Steer clear of these spicier options until your child has been introduced to hot foods at home.

    Encourage kids to eat with their hands

    One appealing quality of sushi is that it is fun for kids to eat. They will love picking up individual pieces and eating them with their hands instead of chopsticks or a fork—just remember to remind your kids that sushi is an exception to the rule of using utensils to eat.

    At House of Genji, you can find a welcoming environment for first-time sushi eaters and longtime sushi lovers alike. To view our lunch and dinner menus, visit our website. You can also find out more by calling (408) 453-8120. 

  • Learn the Difference between Sushi and Sashimi

    If you are just beginning to discover the delightful world of sushi, you may be unfamiliar with the terminology used to describe various pieces of fish. This video will inform you of the differences between sushi and sashimi while offering a cultural perspective of common sashimi items in Japan.

    Sashimi refers to any sliced protein, but in America it is often limited to fish. These slices served with soy sauce and wasabi are to be eaten with chopsticks. Sushi refers to fish served over rice, and this may also be referred to as nigiri. These pieces may be eaten with the hands or chopsticks.

    To please your palate with a great selection of sushi served alongside teppanyaki fare prepared at your table, visit House of Genji in San Jose. You can contact us on our website or at (408) 453-8120 to make dinner reservations.

  • Health Benefits of Ahi Tuna

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    Yellowfin tuna, better known by its Japanese name ahi, is one of the most popular sushi fishes in the world. These huge fish can weigh up to 300 pounds each, and their flesh is delicious both when cooked and when served fresh and raw. When cooked, ahi is usually seared with high heat to create a crust on the outside while leaving the inside rare.

    Like most fish, ahi is a very lean meat. A three ounce serving contains only about 110 calories, with virtually no fat at all. It is also an excellent source of protein, providing nearly half your recommended daily intake in that same small serving. It is also packed with B-vitamins, which help keep your skin, metabolism, and red blood cells healthy. Ahi tuna is also packed with minerals and other vital nutrients that your body needs.

    At House Of Genji in San José, we serve fresh sushi featuring ahi tuna and many other delicious fishes. Call us at (408) 453-8120 for reservation information.

  • Sushi Eating Etiquette 101

    Eating Sushi

    In recent decades, many Westerners have come to appreciate the subtle art of sushi cuisine. This traditional Japanese food consists of specially vinegared rice combined with other fresh ingredients, most famously raw seafood. Many sushi restaurants in California create a relaxed environment, but many diners today are interested in authentic Japanese etiquette that governs sushi eating and other dining. Read on for an overview of sushi etiquette.

    Knowing Your Sushi
    There are many different types of sushi, and not all of them contain raw fish. Before dining at a sushi bar or restaurant, it is polite to familiarize yourself with the offerings. The two basic types of sushi are nigiri, which consist of individual slices of fish or other ingredients served over a small ball of rice, and maki, which are the familiar rolls that many American diners first learn to enjoy.

    Respecting Your Sushi Chef
    Part of proper etiquette involves respecting the sushi chef, especially if you are dining at the sushi bar. If you wish to order soup, drinks, or non-sushi items, please refrain from asking the sushi chef to fetch or prepare them for you. It can be considered an insult to inquire about the freshness of the fish, so refrain from doing so.

    Using Your Chopsticks
    Chopstick etiquette applies to all Japanese meals, including those that contain sushi. Do not stab your food with chopsticks, especially if it is a piece of nigiri or a sushi roll. Also, refrain from picking up a bowl with the hand that is holding the chopsticks. Never point or gesture with your chopsticks, or pass food from yours to someone else’s. Above all, never stick the chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice, as this is reminiscent of the funeral practice of sticking incense vertically in a bowl of sand.

    The chefs at House Of Genji in San José prepare authentic teppanyaki and sushi items for your dining pleasure. If you would like to make a reservation for your party, call us today at (408) 453-8120.

  • Health Benefits of Teppan Dining [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Have you ever had a Teppan dining experience? With the tasty flavors and wide variety of ingredients, eating at a Japanese Teppan restaurant is an experience you should have at least once in your life. Fortunately, Japanese Teppan is also very healthy. At House of Genji, a Teppan restaurant in San Jose, we serve Teppan soup, salad, and green tea with every meal. To take a closer look at the health benefits of the Teppan food we serve at House of Genji, check out this infographic. If you enjoy our infographic, be sure to share it with friends and family!


  • How Much Soy Sauce Should You Use When Eating Sushi?

    Japanese culture is very formal, and nearly every public social occasion comes with a set of very strict rules of etiquette. Dining in particular is governed by a complex set of rules that ensure that diners are polite to one another and respect social norms.

    Though it can be part of an informal meal, sushi eating is governed by rules of etiquette as well. In this video, you will learn the etiquette surrounding soy sauce use. Press play to learn why it is considered impolite to fill an entire saucer with soy sauce if you are eating at a Japanese restaurant.

    At House of Genji, we provide authentic sushi and teppanyaki in a relaxed atmosphere where diners can choose to follow the customs of Japanese dining if they so choose. To make a reservation, call us today at (408) 453-8120.

  • 4 Advantages to Dining Out at House of Genji for Your Next Special Occasion

    While many residents of San José and Silicon Valley love to cook, many greatly enjoy eating out as well. On special occasions, when you want to get together with large groups of family and friends, dining out is the better option, especially if you lead a busy life, because it saves you the trouble of purchasing ingredients and cooking for a large group, and also of cleaning up after. Some of the reasons to visit House of Genji for your next special occasion include:

    We prepare with the best ingredients!

    Ease and Convenience

    On your birthday or during a holiday, it is wonderful to reunite with friends and family members who you may not see very often during your busy work weeks. Though you could invite them to your home, it will be more relaxing for you if you do not have to prepare food and wash dishes during a time of celebration. The friendly, expert service at House of Genji ensures that your dining out experience will be relaxed.

    Culinary Adventures

    Most home cooks have a few tried and true recipes that they return to time and again. On special occasions, however, it can be fun to try new things and introduce your family and friends to foods they haven’t tasted before. Even if you have visited a teppanyaki restaurant before and are a sushi connoisseur, you may enjoy bringing your friends and family to House of Genji for the first time.

    Dinner Entertainment

    Teppanyaki is more than just a meal—it is also a show. As your party surrounds the flat grill, your chef will perform impressive feats designed to wow you and demonstrate their skill with knives and cooking implements. Many teppanyaki chefs juggle knives and send perfectly cooked food sailing through the air from the grill directly to your plate.

    To make a reservation for your next special occasion at House of Genji, call us today at (408) 453-8120.

  • How to Pair a Beverage with Your Teppanyaki or Sushi Meal

    Dining out at a fine Japanese steakhouse is an experience you won’t soon forget, thanks to the flash and fire of skilled teppanyaki chefs. Whether you are in the mood for steak and lobster or you feel like having sushi, the right beverage can compliment your meal and make it even tastier. House of Genji offers a full bar and cocktail lounge so we can sate your thirst no matter what you’re craving! Read on to learn how to pair a beverage with a teppanyaki or sushi meal.

    Female Eating Sushi

    Red Meat

    There is a reason that House of Genji is called a Japanese steakhouse—we offer some of the most tender and delicious cuts of steak available! If you have a hearty appetite tonight, try the steak and lobster dinner, or the filet mignon with prawns. You’re sure to want a delicious beverage to complement your meal, and red wine is always a good choice when you are having a rich cut of meat. The full flavored wine pairs nicely with robust notes in the steak, so ask your server about today’s selection of red wines.

    Seafood and Chicken

    If you want a true teppanyaki experience but you want to keep it on the lighter side, go for the chicken and prawns or chicken and scallop dinner. White wines tend to pair well with seafood and poultry, as the crisp, fruity hints in the wine will not overpower the flavor of the food. Try a chardonnay, pinot grigio, or a Riesling with your teppanyaki dinner tonight!


    House of Genji has an extensive sushi menu along with our teppanyaki offerings. For diners who wish to stick to sushi, beer and sake are excellent choices. Beer cleanses your palate, preparing you for the next bite of sushi full of “umami,” while hot or cold sake is a tasty way to start or end your sushi meal.

    The friendly servers at House of Genji will be happy to recommend a beverage to go with your Japanese meal. With a full list of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, everyone is sure to find something they’ll love. Call us at (408) 453-8120 to learn more about San Jose’s best Japanese steakhouse.