Down on the Corner

26's Corner

The Swan Roll is misnamed (it looks more like a long, thin lawn than a swan, though "Long, Thin Lawn Roll" doesn't sound particularly enticing). In it, luminous green shreds of wakame (seaweed) sit atop a basic spicy tuna roll -- a sesame-rich, seaweedy crunch giving way to a blast of heat. Then there's Sunshine Sushi, which isn't a roll, but rather a pair of inch-long rice cylinders wrapped with salmon, then topped with a heap of bright orange tobiko and a quivering raw quail egg. It ain't beginner sushi, but if you're looking for something different, this is it. Consume each piece in a single bite and your mouth fills with a silky cloud of egg laced with tender fish, firm rice, and fragile, popping fish roe.

Homey Hamachi: Anyone can buy a bamboo mat and make a futo maki, 
but the creations at 26's Corner are something else.
Anthony Pidgeon
Homey Hamachi: Anyone can buy a bamboo mat and make a futo maki, but the creations at 26's Corner are something else.

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Open every night from 5 p.m. to midnight, till 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday

Reservations not accepted

Wheelchair accessible

Parking: difficult

Muni: 2

Noise level: moderate

Tuna naruto -- $5.95
Sweet shrimp nigiri-- $4.95
Dancing Eel Roll -- $9.95
26's Corner Roll -- $9.95
Swan Roll -- $5.25
Sunshine Sushi -- $7.95
Plum wine -- $4/glass

2450 Clement (at 26th Avenue)

386-8008

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Desserts -- ice creams and mochi -- are nothing special. I usually get the green tea version of one or the other and a wine glass filled to the brim with candy-tasting plum wine. You could get the latter anywhere (even my corner liquor store now carries plum wine), but after a fine meal of shrimp heads, raw egg, and maki that look like tiny football fields, anything more exotic would be overkill.

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