• Brush Up on Your Chopstick Skills

    When you want to experience an authentic Japanese meal, brush up on your chopstick skills so you can eat in the traditional way! Watch this video for tips on how to use chopsticks.

    The key to successfully using chopsticks is to remember that only one of the chopsticks moves. Grasp one chopstick like you’re holding a pen, and slide the other under so it’s cradled by your thumb and ring finger. Use the top chopstick to pick up food, and keep the lower one steady. With a little bit of practice, you’ll be a master in no time!

    Visit House of Genji anytime you want to brush up on your chopstick skills—or anytime you have an appetite! Contact us at (408) 453-8120 or visit our website to make a reservation for tonight.

  • Exploring the Traditional Dishes of Authentic Japanese Fare

    Japanese food has gained popularity in the United States in recent years. As more and more people discover the delicious flavors of Japanese cuisine, the rich culture and history of Japan has spread through the country. When you are deciding where to have dinner, consider eating at a Japanese restaurant that serves authentic Japanese fare. You’ll be able to experience the complex and delicious tastes that have made Japanese food so popular. Keep reading to learn more about some of the traditional dishes you’ll find at a Japanese steakhouse.

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    • Sukiyaki and teppanyaki are related in that the food is prepared right in front of your eyes at your table. In sukiyaki, you’ll find thinly sliced beef cooked with vegetables, tofu, and thin noodles for an enticing dish. You can eat it with chopsticks for a more authentic experience, or stick with a fork and spoon if you’d prefer to be more comfortable.


    • Whether served as an appetizer or as part of an entrée, tempura is one of the most popular preparations of Japanese food. Tempura is deep fried food ranging from shrimp to fresh fish to many different vegetables. Tempura batter is light and crispy and does not have the same greasy, heavy feeling that many American-style fried dishes can. It is a delicious treat for all ages, and an especially good way to get your children to eat more vegetables!


    • In Japan, traditional sushi is often a slice of raw fish served over a small pile of vinegared rice. This is called nigiri sushi. For seafood lovers, tuna, yellowtail, and salmon are popular choices. Vegetarians can also enjoy sushi made with cucumbers, avocado, or asparagus instead of fish. Sushi rolls offer a variation on the idea of sushi, and are made with rice, fish, and vegetables wrapped inside a piece of seaweed. There are raw and fully cooked versions of sushi rolls to satisfy every palate.

    Now that you’ve worked up an appetite reading about delicious Japanese food, call House of Genji at (650) 209-6958 to make your reservation for dinner tonight! We offer traditional and creative takes on Japanese cuisine to all of our customers in Silicon Valley.

  • Healthy Dining Out: Choosing Seafood Options from the Teppanyaki Grill

    If you’re like many Americans, you may be very conscious about the food you eat. Just because you’re watching your waistline doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a meal out at your local Japanese steakhouse. Japanese food has many healthful ingredients and is full of lean proteins and fresh vegetables. The next time you dine out in Silicon Valley, visit a Japanese steakhouse for menu options that will please everyone. Keep reading to learn more about healthy seafood options from a teppanyaki grill.



    • When you sit down at a teppanyaki restaurant for dinner, you might have a hard time choosing from all of the delicious options! Salmon is one of the healthiest types of fish, as it contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory and can even improve brain function. These fatty acids have also been linked to a decreased risk of certain types of cancer, so you can feel good knowing you’re having a meal that’s great for your taste buds and your health!


    • Scallops can be an acquired taste, but for seafood lovers, there are few things as satisfying as a perfectly-cooked scallop. Your teppanyaki chef is an expert at handling this mollusk, so go ahead and place your order! Scallops are more than 80% protein, which is important for building strong muscles and bones. Even the most health-conscious diners can appreciate that number. Have your scallops as the main feature of your teppanyaki meal, or get them with prawns for a little variety on your plate.


    • Like salmon, tuna has a high omega-3 content. In addition to decreasing the risk of certain cancers and improving brain function, these essential fatty acids can have a positive impact on cholesterol levels. Lowering your cholesterol level can decrease your risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

    It’s easy to order a healthy dinner when you dine out at House of Genji. Our teppanyaki chefs will dazzle you with their knife skills and their culinary abilities. Call us at (650) 209-6958 to make a reservation!

  • What Exactly Is Teppanyaki?

    You may have heard of teppanyaki before at a Japanese restaurant, but do you know what exactly it is? Teppanyaki is a traditional Japanese way of preparing foods. The word translates literally to “grilling on an iron plate,” which is what you’ll see when you visit your favorite San Jose Japanese steakhouse. A teppanyaki chef will prepare meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables on the grill right before your eyes. These ingredients are often combined with rice or noodles for a well rounded meal. Teppanyaki chefs are masters of their art, displaying impressive chopping skills and exciting tricks with fire on the grill itself.

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    In the mood for dinner and a show? You’ll find both under one roof at House of Genji. We have been serving up delicious and healthy Japanese cuisine in Silicon Valley since 1971. Give us a call at (408) 453-8120 to make a reservation and to inquire about having your next birthday party with us!

  • The Basics of Sushi Etiquette

    Sushi has become one of the most popular types of Japanese food in recent years because it is delicious, healthy, and fun to eat! Watch this video to learn about the basics of sushi etiquette.

    At a Japanese restaurant, you and your dining companions may choose to order sake. It is customary to pour for others and not yourself. You should also have a small dish in which you can pour soy sauce. Many people like to add a bit of wasabi to the soy sauce and stir it around so that there is a little bit of heat in every bite.

    The most important rule of sushi etiquette is to have fun! At House of Genji, we serve a variety of sushi and sashimi to please novice and expert sushi-eaters alike. Call us at (408) 453-8120 to learn more about our menu.