Japanese breakfast at Hinotez San Diego

There are not a lot of establishments serving Chinese breakfasts in southern California, let alone Japanese breakfasts, so I was super excited to hear that there is a restaurant serving Japanese breakfast in San Diego.

Living in Hawaii, I was accustomed to having Japanese breakfasts on the weekends, but I haven’t found one outside of the islands or Japan.

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Hinotez opens at 8am and offers items for a traditional Japanese breakfast, but also has other dishes you can add on to make it a more substantial meal. Ramen is also offered at breakfast time.

The Basic Breakfast ($3) includes rice, miso soup, cold tofu and pickles.

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Then, you add on items priced at either $1 or $2 per small plate. I love Tororo ($1) or grated mountain yam, but it will definitely not appeal to everyone. The texture is slimy and there is virtually no taste. Strangely, I love the texture and how it feels in my mouth. I add a dash of soy sauce and then add a little rice to the tororo and then slurp into my mouth. It kinda grossed my friend out.

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Natto ($2) is pungent fermented soy beans and I wasn’t able to eat this growing up because the taste was too strong. Over the years, I’ve learned that I can’t eat it as is, but, with the addition of scallions and soy sauce, it is not only very good, but also, very healthful.

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Chopped Okra ($2) also possessed the slimy texture of the other two, which might not be agreeable to some, but I loved it. The bonito flakes on top adds texture AND flavor!

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For those less adventurous, there is Gyoza ($2), which should’ve been fried or pan fried instead of just steamed. These were very lackluster.

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The Shumai ($2) were also rather dismal. Don’t order these. They tasted frozen.

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Three pieces of Shrimp Tempura ($2) were a little small, but not bad.

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Our favorite was the Chicken karaage ($2), tender pieces of fried chicken cooked perfectly moist on the inside with a nice crispy exterior.

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There is also grilled salmon — grilled fish is part of a traditional Japanese breakfast — but we didn’t get to order it this time. I know I’ll be back again when I’m craving this again early in the morning while in San Diego!

7947 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92111
Tel: 858-565-4244

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4 thoughts on “Japanese breakfast at Hinotez San Diego

  1. Japanese breakfast looks so healthy and amazing! When we lived in LA, we used to go to this place called Tokyo 7-7 Coffee Shop in Culver City for Japanese style breakfast. Sadly this restaurant closed a few years ago. If we happen to be down in San Diego one morning, definitely want to try this place!

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