Its glory days of crowds packed to the rafters have passed, but Sakae is still a solid option for elegant sushi and other Japanese specialties. Adjacent to downtown Burlingame and the Caltrain station, this is a sleek space clad in varying shades of wood, Japanese pottery and fresh flowers. Local families enjoy sitting at the bar, where a friendly and engaging sushi chef is a hit with kids. Skip the many specialty rolls and stick to appetizing nigiri topped with the likes of albacore, yellowtail, crab, salmon or daily featured fish. Otherwise, go for the whiteboard's changing specials like maitake mushroom tempura or grilled baby octopus. Order a pot of hojicha, a roasted green tea, as it nicely complements the impressive range of fish.
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