Japanese Food and Cooking

  • Dining

    October 20, 2010
  • Dining

    October 6, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Rice Ball Trio from Onigilly

    John BirdsallLunch Set: chicken, eggplant, and hijiki onigiri, with daikon pickle and edamame, $7.​Thursday, September 30, 2010 Young dudes Kan Hasegawa and Koji Kanematsu noted Americans' bottomless appetite for the rainbow roll, but wondered why onigiri ― seaweed-wrapped rice balls fused ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Let's Roll Ditches Roll-Your-Own Sushi Concept ― for Tonkatsu

    Tamara Palmer​Let's Roll, a newcomer to Irving Street's bustling snack strip that billed itself as a a roll-your-own sushi bar back in August, has now opened. Only now, it's a tonkatsu (breaded and fried cutlet) house. The sign out front reflects the change. Tamara PalmerThe storefront back i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Saiwaii, Newest Arrival in S.F.'s Year of Ramen

    Luis ChongSaiwaii's tonkotsu ramen with chasu and kakuni, braised pork belly.​South Bay restaurants have dominated the trend, but 2010 appears to be the year of ramen for San Francisco, as new shops continue to pop up around the city. SFoodie was among the first to spot Saiwaii, a new ramen co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Ajisen's Kumamoto-Style Ramen Is Really Good

    Luis ChongAjisen's premium pork ramen.​We ventured into the just-opened Westfield San Francisco Centre branch of Japanese fast-food chain Ajisen Ramen yesterday. It's been more than a decade since a branch of Japan's Yoshinoya came to the city and failed, so we were curious about San Francisco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Ginji Izakaya Coming to San Mateo's J-Food Zone

    Luis ChongThe site's a former flooring store in the heart of the Peninsula's Japanese-cuisine ghetto.​There's no end in sight for San Mateo's glut of J-food ― not that we're complaining. The Peninsula city is about to get yet another izakaya restaurant, this one named Ginji, presumably after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Naked Fish: Bargain Sushi, Cheap Beer in the Marina

    jen d./YelpMan does not happy hour by $3 beers alone.​The place: Naked Fish, 2084 Chestnut (at Steiner), 771-1168 The hours: Mon.-Thurs., 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4:30-6 p.m. The deals: $1.50 nigiri sushi, $2 hand rolls, $3 maki rolls, $5 sashimi/gyoza/oysters/yakitori/tempura/soft-shell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    What to Have for Lunch: Tonkatsu Slider from ICHI Lucky Cat Deli

    Tamara PalmerPork tonkatsu slider ($4).​Thurs., May 13, 2010 Genevieve Y./Yelp​Part of a new collective of businesses in one small building, ICHI Lucky Cat Deli brings a super-affordable sushi spot to lunchtime in Bernal Heights; most five-piece rolls are under $5, and sashimi goes for ... More >>

  • News

    April 28, 2010

    The Happiest Hours

    We do the legwork to find you 30 of the most satisfying places to sip and snack.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    What Makes Namu's Okonomiyaki at Ferry Plaza So Likable

    J. BirdsallNamu's version of the homely Japanese snack skews Korean.​Okonomiyaki incorporates the Japanese words okonomi, which means "what you like," and yaki ("grilled"). We do like okonomiyaki a lot, grilled ― on a bus, on a train, in the sun, and in the rain, typically during or immediat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Izakaya Sozai's Tonkotsu Ramen is the City's Best

    L.ChongCollagen-rich tendons turn the broth milky.​There are many ramen styles in Japan ― one of our favorites is tonkotsu ramen, a broth made from pork bones and collagen-rich tendons, cooked for days to produce a very tasty cloudy white soup. (Don't confuse it with tonkatsu, the breaded an ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Feasting Out: Traditional Sake-Drenched Japanese New Year's Eve at Nombe

    ​Where: Nombe 2491 Mission (at 21st St.), 681-7150 When: Thurs., Dec. 31 Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for regular seating; separate New Year's Eve party from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The deal: Japanese izakaya pub food, drinks, and music. Regular seating until 8 p.m. with toshikoshi soba available; from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Yoshi's Chef Rolls with Soy Crêpes, Non-Fishy Alternatives to Nori

    C. AlburgerThe Caliente roll at Yoshi's: If you're from Japan, avert your eyes.​Sho Kamio -- chef of Yoshi's San Francisco (1330 Fillmore at Eddy) -- is firmly grounded in Japanese training, but he's not afraid of roll play. Exhibit A: one of Sho's ongoing dalliances, the paperlike soy crêpes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Nombe's Street-Food Ramen Expands the Mission's Late-Night Offerings

    Luis ChongSaturday's street-food serving of chashu kimchi ramen: Better than homemade.​If you find yourself hungry in the Mission after midnight on a Saturday ― just like we were last weekend ― your options are no longer limited to a few taquerias. Now you can add ramen to your short list ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 4, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Early-Bird Special: Yu-Zen

    cygnoir/FlickrYu-Zen's futo maki.​An early nibble from the Weekly's Wednesday food review. We all know the taste of mid-grade sushi-joint food like we know the taste of a McDonald's burger: starchy tempura, elaborately gooshy fantasy rolls, watery miso soup. Get something better, and it seem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Organizers at U.C. Berkeley Want to Make the World's Longest California Roll. Why?

    revjim5000/FlickrThe length to beat: 300 feet.​Yeah, this is how we roll: Food history may be made on Sunday, Nov. 8, when a group in Berkeley attempts to make the world's longest California roll. Eight years ago, a group in Maui set a record for a 300-foot-long roll. The Cal organizers hope ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 9, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Vegan Eats: Cha-Ya's Japanese Cooking Sticks to Your Ribs

    Hana Gomoku: Sushi rice with kaiware, shiitake, green bean, carrot, lotus root, tofu pouch, yam cake, hijiki, burdock, broccolini, daikon, cauliflower, and zucchini.​We heart eating vegan, but have never felt quite so nourished and satisfied as we have after eating at the recently opened Sun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Four West Coast Restaurants Changing Sushi As We've Known It

    elkanah5730/FlickrThe new traditionalist: Sebo's Michael Black.​It's ironic -- sushi, a cuisine that fetishizes a few simple, pristine ingredients, just might be the last restaurant genre to pick up the ingredient-centric mantra of modern food. But a sustainable sushi revolution that ignited i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Tsunami Mission Bay's Boxless Bento: Splurge Worthy

    Janine KahnYeah, we noticed it's not technically in a box.Unless you do sketchy things with other peoples' money for a living, $15 for lunch is probably out of reach. Except on super special occasions, like making it through another week still employed. Next time you have something to celebrate, hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Former Alice Waters Assistant Turning His Hand to Bento Boxes with a Drop-Dead Sensibility

    Peko-Peko's kakuni, made with pork from Marin Sun FarmsEven in this town, many of us know Japanese food as monster maki, fast-food ramen, and greasy tonkatsu cutlets. Sylvan Brackett wants to change that. The former assistant to Alice Waters is making bento boxes combining authentic Japanese techniq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Dish Duel: Tempura Soba

    The first of our occasional series where we'll pit the same dish from two different restaurants against each other concerns tempura soba, the Japanese soup dish of buckwheat noodles paired with a side of tempura shrimp and vegetables for dipping, in a battle between Sunset District noodle shop Hotei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Beyond the California Roll: 10 Types of Hood Maki

    (S.F. sushi spots create specialties far more regionalized than just the California Roll; image via Flavor J) It's not that the California Roll isn't appreciated, but it sure is fun to see sushi joints naming their maki after the neighborhoods where they operate. Here are 10 that stand out: 1. Pot ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 10, 2008

    Turning Japanese

    At this tiny spot, tasty skewered treats are served with a vintage soundtrack.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    Salad Daze: Kyoto Sushi's Yasai

    With creamy miso dressing and crisp romaine, many Japanese restaurants offer a cool little companion to sushi. But the best one I've found in the City so far this lifetime belongs to Kyoto Sushi. Its Yasai Salad takes those basics and kicks up the flavor and texture with black sesame dusted avocado ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    Delica rf-1 Invented the Meat and Potato Remix

    Ferry Plaza's Delica rf-1 is a delicatessen imagined with a Japanese twist, the first such American venture by Kozo Iwata's massive Rock Field Company. Amidst the beautiful sushi rolls, salads and fried items is a lively remix of the Yankee classic of meat and potatoes: Roast beef sushi and wasabi p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008

    Food Porn: Yakitori and Kushi Katsu at Halu

    Name: Halu (312 8th Ave.), Inner Richmond. Style: Japanese yakitori (skewers) and kushi katsu (deep-fried skewers) Price: Mid-range. Favorite Dish: Tie between stuffed mushrooms kushi katsu ($4.50) and ramen hiyashi chuka ($7.50). Follow the jump for the up close and personal ...

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008

    SF Weekly's Seven-Day Dish

    Around Town: A lot of people still haven't experienced much Japanese cuisine beyond the standard sushi dinner and occasional ramen bowl, which is partially why the tiny (25 seats) non-sushi Japanese eatery Halu (312 8th Ave.) in the Inner Richmond is turning so many heads. Opened by husband-and-wif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Food Porn: Deep-Fried Shrimp Heads At We Be Sushi

    Place: We Be Sushi (538 Valencia St. between 16th and 17th) Occasion: Dinner Style: Japanese/Sushi Price: Mid-range. Check the menu here. Rationale: Funny story. The first time I ever had sushi was at We Be Sushi, in 1999, after spending a landlocked, Midwestern youth eating primarily four-legge ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 9, 2008

    Izakaya? O Yes

    Small plates but big flavors in Japantown.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008
  • Dining

    March 19, 2008

    Snazzy and Jazzy at Yoshi's

    Some interesting and fancy Japanese cooking is paired with a glamorous restaurant and nightclub.

  • Dining

    August 15, 2007

    It'za Izakaya

    You can get (almost) any kind of Japanese food you want at Hime restaurant

  • Dining

    August 1, 2007

    Hard-Core Sushi

    Sebo raises the bar for quality and variety

  • Dining

    December 27, 2006


    In 2006, San Francisco is still a marvelous place to eat (stop the presses!)

  • Dining

    July 19, 2006

    Dinner and a Show

    The food duels with presentation at the best little sushi house in San Francisco

  • Summer Guide

    June 28, 2006

    Picnic in the City

    Forget the burgers and brats; we're packing roast beef sushi

  • Dining

    February 15, 2006


    Total immersion in a Japanese film retrospective prompts a lust for soba and udon

  • Dining

    June 1, 2005

    Feckless Eating

    After a week of feral grazing, thoughtful food that you can eat out or take home

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 11, 2005
  • Dining

    April 27, 2005

    Poetic Food

    Ingredients: Asian restaurants and April, spring flowers and sprouts

  • Dining

    December 22, 2004

    Comfort Food

    A delicious oasis of calm for pre- or post-holiday dining

  • Dining

    December 15, 2004

    Readers' Choice

    Two e-mail tips lead to delectable Japanese fare

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 19, 2004
  • Dining

    December 24, 2003

    Fish Story

    Kabuto's new digs are smaller, but its menu is still huge

  • Dining

    July 30, 2003

    If You Knew Sushi

    The freshest and most unusual fish is the draw at the eccentric Midori Mushi

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