In December 2012, many South San Francisco diners were very disappointed to hear that one of their favorite local Japanese restaurants since 1985 would be forced to close because of construction on the Westborough Square Shopping Center. Now, Kamameshi House is back and located not very far away from its original spot, just across the border in Daly City. Inside, the new space includes sushi bar seating and oversized booths. Kamameshi features many of the usual Japanese items, from sushi and tempura to hearty bowls of udon and simmering sukiyaki. The owners' Filipino heritage also shines in some of the more unique sushi creations, like the Manila Roll with shrimp tempura and avocado. The menu also includes the restaurant's namesake specialty: a dish a bit like a Japanese paella, with seafood and/or chicken tossed with vegetables and steamed rice in a kamameshi kettle. 2085 Gellert Blvd., Daly City; (650) 952-0444.
A new ramen house, Momiji, recently opened its doors in the former Taqueria Polanco. The compact, narrow dining room holds only eight tables, and includes hardwood floors, cherrywood tables and chairs, soft lighting, and a mesh screen that keeps the simmering ramen pots in the kitchen partially hidden from view. Ramen is the star of the show here, whether the broth is tonkotsu, spicy tonkotsu, shio, shoyu, or miso. All bowls are garnished with a slice of chashu pork and a soft-boiled egg. Outside of noodles, the menu sports a trio of donburi (small rice bowls), a few appetizer bites like octopus balls and braised pork belly, and curiously for a ramen joint, kimchee. 4931 Junipero Serra Blvd., Colma.
Redwood Shores has a new destination for falafel and schwarma. Falafel Tazah is open, courtesy of the former owner of the Redwood City restaurant Tarboosh. Upon entering, you'll immediately notice the two prominent vertical rotisseries slowly spinning to keep the chicken and lamb-beef (a mix of lamb and beef, so it's not too gamey) tender, crowned by a tomato on top. The menu at Tazah is straightforward, divided between rice plates and wraps, and a choice of chicken, falafel, and lamb-beef. Nothing climbs over $10 unless you turn your wrap into a generous plate meal complete with hummus, baba ghanouj, cucumber salad, and pita bread. For light eaters, there's a simple Mediterranean salad available and an abundance of sides, including dolmas and labaneh (Kefir cheese with olive oil). 256 Redwood Shores Pkwy., Redwood Shores; (650) 622-9983.