Modern American Izakaya/Japanese Concept. We combine elements of fine dining and Izakaya with the casual comforts of home and the fun of Oakland.
Oakland, CA 94612-1517
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Between 18th and 19th Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
19th Street BART
Shinmai Ratings and Reviews
I am writing a review after my second visit. I had one of the best meals ever here recently. The food is excellent: creative preparations, fresh and delicious. I do not like conventional potato salad, but Shinmai’s version of it is just remarkable—with slightly pan-fried/roasted baby potatoes and furikake aioli. I’m also a big fan of the mussels in the curry broth. And the ramen is to die for! It’s a great place to share and taste a host of dishes, from the specials to the permanent ones on the menu. I really love this place. My service this time was outstanding; the waiter I had the first time I visited put a shadow on my visit. I’m really glad to have given Shinmai a second chance.
We sat in the back room next to the beautiful painting. There is something wrong with the sound proofing or there is no sound proofing at all... the noise level was so high, we had to literally scream at each other to have a conversation and I had to plug my ears a couple of times because the noise hurt my ears. I did not have this experience sitting in the main room.
It’s synonymous to when a baseball player hits a long flyball. It’s looks good but it ends up being an ‘out.’ That’s Shinmai in a nutshell. The reviews are great as well as the decor, but it falls flat in food and service. The food was nothing special. The ocean trout was delicious and wonderfully presented but it didn’t make up for the over battered ford okra or the chewy ribeye. Our service was inconsistent and on the slow side. Our server was a bit condescending to my partner which I didn’t appreciate. Overall, it’s a hip vibe that falls flat.
We were a party of six and had only an hour before leaving for a show. We ordered several dishes and kept ordering, and still had time. The service was great and the food and drinks arrived quickly- very accommodating! The food was also fantastic and creative - the fried potato salad is a must! The portions are very small, but appropriately priced. It's meant to share and this way one can try lots of dishes.
The food was not what I was expecting given the reviews. We didn't try the ramen but probably should have. The robata and izakaya items were just ok. We had the chicken, beef, and okra. Beef was under-cooked, they kindly took it back and gave us the okra free of charge. Service was great but food did not blow me away.
Must get the Tonkatsu Ramen, very tasty broth and not greasy. Ramen noodles were the thin ones which I prefer, were cooked perfectly just past al dente. The small plates were all delicious and beautifully served. We enjoyed the hamachi/peaches, rib eye, fried potato salad, shishito peppers, chicken karage. Our favorite and you must get the fried potato salad! It was amazing as I've not tasted anything like this before. Overall, a great dinner and I will be back!
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