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Opening alert: Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill in Mountain View

Uploaded: Jul 28, 2017
Mountain View's The Village at San Antonio Center has a new dining option: Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill, which opened on Tuesday, an employee confirmed.

This is the third location for the Asian fusion restaurant, joining outposts in San Jose and Tustin in Southern California. Mizu's website describes its food as "a unique fusion of Japanese and Korean flavors." The restaurant is located at 2590 West El Camino Real, #13.

The large menu includes salads, appetizers like yellowtail tartar and wagyu tataki, sushi rolls, nigiri, sashimi, udon and entrees like miso black cod, beef bulgogi and teriyaki.


A post on Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill's Facebook page announcing the restaurant's opening in Mountain View on July 25.

Mizu has a full liquor license, so look for wine, beer and cocktails.

At the El Camino Real shopping center, Mizu replaced Mexican eatery Cocina Central, which closed in 2016.

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Posted by PhotoOp, a resident of Palo Verde,
on Jul 30, 2017 at 9:07 am

Exceeded expectations..... will return many times if they keep up the quality.


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Posted by Justin Beck/5th Grade, a resident of Palo Alto Hills,
on Jul 30, 2017 at 1:39 pm

I am learning Japanese. Why would they name the restaurant after H20?

The Water Sushi Bar and Grill? I would suspect that the owners are not Japanese.

I like sushi but we only eat sushi prepared by chefs who were trained in Japan. It takes 7-10 years of training to get it right. Most people will eat anything called sushi.


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Posted by amused, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Jul 31, 2017 at 7:24 am

Justin, I am learning Spanish. Why would they name the town after tall stick?

The City of Tall Stick? I would suspect that the inhabitants are not Spanish.

By the way Justin, I also like sushi but my family only eats sushi prepared by chefs who were trained in Japan, are of pure Japanese blood, and we only eat sushi in Japan. It takes thousands of years of ancestry to meet those qualifications. Most people will eat anything called sushi.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park,
on Jul 31, 2017 at 10:44 am

Nice come back "amused". However we all know "tall stick" is the Redwood tree near the Alma RR crossing, aka "El Palo Alto".


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Posted by I suspect, a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove,
on Jul 31, 2017 at 11:39 am

Why can;t they name the restaurant after water if they wanted to, Justin?
And you are wrong the owners are Japanese

I would suspect the following:
your name is not justin
you are not in the fifth grade
you do not live in the palo alto hills

aslo,justing, eating canned sardines is not sushi


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Posted by Suspect!, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Jul 31, 2017 at 1:53 pm

I suspect... that you are a bad sleuth.

Justin may be taking Japanese, he likely is learning about the culture. I suggest you take a trip there and learn about the culture as well before you rag on a 5th grader.

Also, sardines certainly can be in sushi. My great grandmother has a fantastic recipe I'd be happy to share, should you be interested.


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Posted by Bethany Cook, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Jul 31, 2017 at 4:35 pm

The Mizu Sushi Bar and Grill is a corporate chain specializing in a fusion of Korean and Japanese cuisine. It is not Japanese owned and a true Japanese restaurant would not even consider incorporating Korean-inspired dishes in their menu. Simple as that. To some folks a varied menu is somewhat immaterial as they are not purists.

The Mizu Sushi Bar and Grill is more along the lines of a PF Chang (which wouldn't be considered a true Chinese restaurant either). Not that there's anything wrong with that - Jerry Seinfeld. Just don't kid yourself into thinking that you are getting anything authentic as appearances can be deceiving.

The youngster brought up an interesting point. Nowadays an individual can complete an 8 week culinary course in LA and become a certified sushi chef. In the past, I've been served by Hispanic and Afro-American sushi chefs who after my asking, did not train for years in Japan but rather received their 'diplomas' at this sushi-making school in Los Angeles.

While I won't go so far as to call them fakirs, a lot has changed over the years and many non-Asian diners cannot tell a Korean from a Japanese as the two nationalities are ethnically similar. The same would apply to identifying an Okinawan. With the established popularity of Japanese food, many Koreans have opened up small sushi bars because the venture is far more profitable than operating a full-scale Korean restaurant.

In a way it's true that many (I won't say most) people will eat anything called sushi primarily because they don't know any better.








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Posted by I suspect, a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove,
on Jul 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Suspect-- I have been to Japan and am quite familiar with Japanese culture.
I am a bit surprised you believe that Justin is actually a fifth grader. You may want to read some of his postings on TSF.


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Posted by Suspect!, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Aug 1, 2017 at 9:51 am

I suspect-- that I do not understand what that abbreviation stands for. Mind sharing? My first thoughts were the Transaction Service Fee, or perhaps the Tony Soprano Fanclub, but I neither of those seem to click with me.


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Posted by Suspicious, a resident of Midtown,
on Aug 1, 2017 at 11:45 am

@I suspect
Begrudging a kid's input is pretty narrow-minded and somewhat cynical. I don't recall any reference to sardines in his earlier post so where did that come from in addition to your cryptic TSF reference?

Are you one of the co-owners of the H20 Sushi chain?


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Posted by I suspect, a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove,
on Aug 1, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Suspect--TSF= Town Square Forum--the website you are on
Suspicious--as I said, I doubt that he is really a kid. Sardines was a joke. Are you that kid using a different computer?


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Posted by R. Winslow, a resident of Crescent Park,
on Aug 1, 2017 at 2:14 pm

I initially thought TSF stood for The Sushi Forum. *ROFL*


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