Chef Shotaro Kamio's blending of the rustic Japanese cooking of his youth with a modern California ethos is a complete winner.
Four Berkeley and five Oakland restaurants have made it into the newly published San Francisco Chronicle Top 100.
Yoshi's head chef Shotaro "Sho" Kamio is to open his own restaurant in the shuttered O Chame space on Fourth Street.
O Chamé's last day is on Sunday July 28 after serving customers on Berkeley's Fourth Street for 23 years.
The journey around Berkeley -- and the globe -- continues with part two of our ethnic eats roundup.