Farther East ~ Diablo Magazine August 2010

Sasa brings a different brand of Japanese food to Walnut Creek. By April Demboksy Photography by Jennifer Martine Sometimes, chef Philip Yang has to disappoint before he can please. In the first month after he opened Sasa in Walnut Creek, he had to tell many diners...

Izakaya: Japanese small plates pubs are suddenly hot

By Jackie BurrellBay Area News Group Posted: 09/22/2010 12:00:00 AM PDT Updated: 09/23/2010 05:03:16 PM PDT Related Stories First came the tapas craze. Then Greek mezes. Now, the Bay Area’s love affair with small plate cuisine has a Japanese twist. Suddenly, izakayas...

Review: Sleek Sasa brings izakaya to Walnut Creek

By Jessica YadegaranContra Costa Times Posted: 09/07/2010 10:21:11 AM PDT Updated: 09/07/2010 11:26:21 AM PDT Dinners at Saza a Japanese restaurant on N. Main Street in Walnut… ( SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD ) There is something enticing about Sasa, the sleek Japanese...

Weekly Dish, Diablo Magazine, April 13 2010

Fresh fish fans should mark Saturday down on their calendars: That’s the day Sasa opens its doors in Walnut Creek. Billed as the only Izakaya-style (Japanese small plates) restaurant in Contra Costa, Sasa comes comes with some foodie-cred: the executive chef is Philip...

At A Glance

• What Makes it Special: Traditional prepared dishes inspired by Japanese pubs and the chef’s childhood culinary memories. • The Space: A hipper-than-hip urban feel that would fit in any major city. • When to Go: The bar is popular for lunch and after-dinner drinks....