What’s trending on the San Jose meals scene?

Wondering where the San Jose insiders eat and drink? It’s easy to spot lines coming out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to spot.

We took a data-driven look at the question and used Yelp to analyze which restaurants received the most attention this month.

To see who made the list, we looked at the San Jose businesses by category on Yelp and counted the number of reviews they received. Instead of just comparing them based on the number of reviews, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month and tracked companies that continually increase their review volume to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots are currently in a hot phase.

What a kitchen

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Whether you’ve heard of the rose garden koja or not, the Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While companies rated “Japanese” on Yelp increased their review count by an average of 1.5 percent over the past month, Koja Kitchen saw ratings increase 16.4 percent over that period, with a slight downward trend of a four- Star rating posted per month was ahead of its current 3.5 stars. It significantly outperformed the previous month by receiving 1.7 times more reviews than expected based on its previous performance.

Open at 2855 Stevens Creek, Blvd., Ste. Koja Kitchen has been FC6 since March 2018 and offers a unique twist on the humble burger with a choice of proteins such as Korean barbecue ribs or pork braised with miso coconut on buns made from fried garlic rice. It also serves tacos, salads, and bowls of white or brown rice flavored with furikake (Japanese seasoning) and topped with tofu, tuna, or beef. (The full list can be found here.)

There are even more trends in the San Jose Japanese scene: Sanraku saw ratings rise 5.6 percent.

Gin Ga Sushi

Photo: Gin Ga Sushi / Yelp

Silver Creek’s Gin Ga Sushi is also making waves. Open since August 2016 at 5665 Silver Creek Valley Road, the well-established sushi bar posted a 7.2 percent increase in ratings last month, compared with an average rating increase of 1.3 percent for all businesses trading on Yelp are labeled “Sushi Bars”.

In addition, the number of inspections increased a whopping 1,100 percent month on month.

Gin Ga offers an extensive selection of nigiri sushi and sashimi. Signature rolls; Ramen, Udon and Soba and Teriyaki plates. (The full menu can be found here.) Last month, the mixed three-star rating was retained under Yelpers.

The kickin ‘crab

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The Kickin ‘Crab in East San Jose is the busiest seafood restaurant in town by numbers.

The popular Cajun Creole Seafoodspot, which opened in January 2017 at 1735 on the E. Capitol Expy, increased its number of reviews by 3.8 percent last month. “It outperformed the previous month by receiving 2.4 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.

The Kickin ‘Crab offers a variety of starters and soups as well as its signature seafood platters such as prawns, clams, clams and king crab legs that are cooked and seasoned to order. (You can find the full menu of the restaurant here.)

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