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February 25, 2009 > Restaurant Review: Kaenyama, an upscale delight

Restaurant Review: Kaenyama, an upscale delight

By Dennis Wolfe

People often tell me that there are no upscale restaurants in Fremont or the surrounding area. I disagree, and when I rattle off the names of a few of them they slowly nod and say," Oh yeah, I guess you are right." Today I get the pleasure of writing about Kaenyama Sushi and Teppanyaki.

Located at 43785 Boscell Road, near the Fremont Costco, parking and access is easy. The name is located on the wall of the building in large letters - hard to miss. As you approach the entrance there is no clue to the environment you are about to enter; the first thing you see is water gently falling over an astounding huge glass wall

The bar and lounge to your immediate left is enticing; soothing, yet vibrant colors throughout, high quality furnishings, and the sheer size of Kaenyama all hit you at once. This combination is an instant invitation to stay as long as humanly possible to explore. The feeling is further enhanced when seated in very comfortable chairs or a booth for a unique dining experience.

The large sushi bar can seat almost 20 people with six locations for chefs to prepare and serve. Speaking of booths, you have to see them to understand what I mean when I tell you they are private even though located in the midst of a large dining area.

Private rooms with sliding doors are available for an intimate and traditional Japanese dining experience. The floor outside each entrance is lighted through thick Plexiglas. You have just got to see this place to believe it.

Larger parties can enjoy private culinary Teppnayaki Masterpiece Theater or, if you don't mind sharing the chef, couples and small groups can join to watch the theatrics and skill of specialty areas for Teppanyaki cooking. Here the chef cooks your main course on a hot grill in front of you.

Now it just so happens that I love sushi, having eaten it in many countries. I know if it is fresh, so trust me. At Kaenyama it is fresh! I ordered an assorted sashimi plate along with a variety of vegetables and shrimp, prepared tempura style. Excellent! A friend who went with me for lunch ordered the chicken teriyaki over rice. He devoured it and the serving was ample. We also split one of the many Kaenyama special rolls on the menu.

I suggest you go to their website - www.Kaenyama.com - and check out their offerings. The variety is more than adequate and the prices are affordable. You may want to turn down your computer's volume, as the music on the website can be distracting.

There are two final pieces that complete a superb meal - dessert and service.

Our server was Adam, and he really enjoys what he does. I am confident the other servers are equally devoted. They appreciate your patronag, as they know there are many places to eat and you chose Kaenyama.

As we completed our main meal, Adam suggested we try one of their desserts. Even though I felt full, I didn't want to leave and this provided a perfect excuse to stay a little longer. Adam suggested a Chocolate Carmel Pyramid, and there are not enough words to describe the taste. Oh my!

I consider cleanliness of the facility, especially with sushi and cooked fish, an important part of any review. Kaenyama's manager, Calvin, kindly gave me a tour of the kitchen. Not only was it clean, even after a busy lunch, but it is efficiently laid out. What caught my eye immediately was that the dirty dish area was nowhere near the food prep or cooking area. There are huge walk-in refrigerators and freezers. It was very well thought out.

Bathrooms are clean and have ample outlets. Again, well thought out.

So, it is with great enthusiasm I highly recommend going to Kaenyama. Say "Hi" to Calvin if he is there, and make sure you ask for Adam.

Visit Kaenyama soon. You will not be disappointed!


Kaenyama
43785 Boscell Road, Fremont
(510) 683-8800

Reviewed January 7, 2009

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