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 >>
Tamara PalmerLet'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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Tamara PalmerPork tonkatsu slider ($4).Thurs., May 13, 2010 Genevieve Y./YelpPart 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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
(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 >>
At this tiny spot, tasty skewered treats are served with a vintage soundtrack.
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 >>
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 >>
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 ...
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 >>
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 >>
Small plates but big flavors in Japantown.
Some interesting and fancy Japanese cooking is paired with a glamorous restaurant and nightclub.
You can get (almost) any kind of Japanese food you want at Hime restaurant
Sebo raises the bar for quality and variety
In 2006, San Francisco is still a marvelous place to eat (stop the presses!)
The food duels with presentation at the best little sushi house in San Francisco
Forget the burgers and brats; we're packing roast beef sushi
Total immersion in a Japanese film retrospective prompts a lust for soba and udon
After a week of feral grazing, thoughtful food that you can eat out or take home
Ingredients: Asian restaurants and April, spring flowers and sprouts
A delicious oasis of calm for pre- or post-holiday dining
Two e-mail tips lead to delectable Japanese fare
Kabuto's new digs are smaller, but its menu is still huge
The freshest and most unusual fish is the draw at the eccentric Midori Mushi