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November 09, 2021



If you were hoping that the B'game dining scene would rally around B'game Plaza and Kaiseki Saryo Hachi, you will be disappointed by this news:

Kaiseki Saryo Hachi, one of the Bay Area’s rare kaiseki restaurants, will move from its current home in a Burlingame strip mall to a new space in Saratoga next year.

Husband and wife owners Shinichi Aoki and Yuko Nammo have taken over a tiny space at 14417 Big Basin Way, where they plan to relocate their fine-dining restaurant around July.

Chronicle restaurant critic Soleil Ho called Kaiseki Saryo Hachi a true hidden gem with Michelin-level cooking: “Imagine walking into a neighborhood coffee shop and finding Alain Ducasse cooking behind the counter.”

Nammo said they’ve felt somewhat limited in the Burlingame space, which was originally her ramen restaurant and isn’t quite designed to operate as a kaiseki spot. They shifted to making kaiseki when Aoki lost his job during the pandemic. The couple always wanted to design their dream kaiseki restaurant but were “so used to being turned down” before the coroanvirus by landlords who were looking for tenants with deeper pockets, Nammo said. They stumbled onto the new space during a recent trip to Saratoga; the landlord happened to be there when they walked by, and was ready to take them on in light of pandemic-forced retail vacancies, Nammo said


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