Best Neighborhood Sushi San Francisco 2008 - Hamano
Tucked away in quiet Noe Valley, where you might actually be able to find a parking space, is a quiet, well-run, nonhipster, comfy if underdecorated Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. The large and reasonably priced menu offers more than two dozen kinds of nigiri sushi (plus nightly specials) and another 20 maki rolls, vegetable sushi, nicely prepared tempura, yakitori, and kara-age (fried chicken). Fresh oysters are available, and regulars love the fried almond shrimp. Seaweed salad in spicy sesame oil is a tangy starter; the uni (sea urchin) and special white king salmon are top-notch. The house sashimi style is thick-cut. Tiny tempura'd shisito peppers and sushi topped with cooked eggplant are treats. The black sesame crème brûlée is an unusual and not-too-sweet dessert.