Sushi in San Francisco


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Live Sushi Bar and Live Sushi Bistro blend tradition with innovation in the rice-wrapped fish arts at both welcoming restaurants. Both distinct locations share lunch, dinner, and drink menus, as well as experienced staff and sushi chefs who demonstrate their skills at a sushi bar outfitted with seats for dining spectators. A Sampling of Sushi Bergschneider Roll: barbecued eel and creamy avocado topped with salmon Live Uni Hand Roll: sea urchin, shiso, and salmon roe with a quail egg Live Scallop: served raw on a pillow of rice or tempura-fried with onions Some Not-Sushi Options Nabeyaki Ramen: savory broth brimming with tender noodles, shrimp tempura, grilled chicken, squid, and egg Short Rib Teriyaki: grilled, marinated bone-in beef Ankimo: steamed monkfish liver with an aromatic combination of ginger, onion, and tangy ponzu sauce The Drinks More than 25 sakes, including everything from delicate daiginjo to accessible nigori Themed flights of three complementary sakes also offered Three Japanese beers?Sapporo, Asahi Dry, and Kirin?wash down big meals
1 Gilbert St
San Francisco,
CA
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Over the last five years, the chefs at Barracuda Japanese Restaurant have continually tinkered with their sushi, teriyaki, and noodle dishes, customizing the menu to fit each Barracuda location’s neighborhood and clientele. Using fresh fish and fruit sourced locally and sustainably whenever possible, the team crafts more than a dozen specialty rolls, including the Japanese Cowboy Roll, which matches crabmeat with mango, avocado, and thinly sliced Kobe beef. Staples such as chicken teriyaki rest side by side with more intricately prepared eats including pan-seared rib eye with mashed potatoes. Lit from underneath, the dining room’s dim orange walls surround potted plants and wooden tables that can accommodate groups of all sizes.
2251 Market St
San Francisco,
CA
US
In Focus: Kyoto Sushi Specialty: Japanese classics such as tempura, katsu, and sushi The biggest draw: Sapporo on draft for $0.99—all day, everyday Best substitute for beer: sake by the glass or bottle Signature roll: unagi and avocado over shrimp tempura Roll most likely to make teens rebel against their parents: the Rock ’n Roll with unagi, avocado, and tobiko
1233 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco,
CA
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Sudachi Sushi & Korean BBQ’s menu brims with classic teriyaki and bulgogi as well as eclectic variants such as chicken katsu quesadillas and vegetable teriyaki burritos. Chefs assemble a slate of premium sushi rolls with names such as the Rodeo Roll, What the Heck Roll, and Las Vegas Roll.
1217 Sutter Street
San Francisco,
CA
US
Sushi Time: A User’s Guide Stripped-Down Sushi | Tokyo-Style Kitsch | Underground Dining (Literally) Sample Menu To start: tuna avocado tartare with a miso vinaigrette Special roll: Barbie roll—crab, avocado, and salmon, wrapped in thin-sliced lemon Dessert: black-sesame ice cream To drink: a flight of three sakes When to Go: Happy-hour discounts run from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and you’ll probably have more luck getting a seat right away. While You Wait Try to spot all the vintage kids’ toys whose names have inspired special rolls such as the G.I. Joe and the Hello Kitty. Call dibs on an especially cute sake glass—waiters typically let you pick your own from a charmingly mismatched selection. Inside Tips This spot is also known as “Underground Sushi Time,” and it’s a little hard to spot. Head down the staircase tucked within the mini mall at its address. Reservations aren’t accepted, but if there’s a wait, try heading just upstairs to browse the eclectic selection at Books Inc.—it’s open until 10 p.m. Because of Sushi Time’s small scale, it’s a place for small groups and intimate conversation; parties larger than four may not be able to sit together. Critical Acclaim No. 5 on Business Insider’s list of the 10 Best Restaurants in San Francisco's Castro Neighborhood One of SFist’s 11 Best Sushi Restaurants in San Francisco Vocab Lesson Kenchin-style soup: a soup that incorporates hearty, all-vegan ingredients, including lots of root vegetables, tofu, and shiitake mushrooms. It originates from Japan’s Buddhist temple culture. Tsukune: Japanese chicken meatballs, often cooked on a skewer and covered in a sweet soy-based sauce. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Peruse the eclectic wares at A&G Merch, which sells everything from acacia-wood coffee tables to whale-shaped bottle openers (2279 Market Street). After: End the night with a seasonal cocktail and a game of pool at Blackbird (2124 Market Street).
2275 Market St
San Francisco,
CA
US
Akiko’s Restaurant: A User’s Guide Award-Winning Sushi | Omakase Tasting Menu | Seafood Imported from Japan Sample Menu Noodle dish: tempura-chicken udon with onion, carrot, cabbage, and scallions A la Carte Sushi and Sashimi: Maine sea urchin Sushi Roll: volcano roll—spicy salmon, salmon skin, imitation crab, avocado, tempura flakes, scallions, and toasted sesame Nightly Changing Specialty: sustainable blue-fin tuna belly Know Your Ingredients According to The Wall Street Journal, the majority of Akiko’s seafood comes from the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. Many of the other items are sourced from local merchants or other Japanese cities. Inside Tips: If you’re a sushi aficionado, go with the omakase tasting menu, for which Chef Ricky Yap prepares up to 15 dishes designed to showcase his culinary creativity. It could include anything from king-salmon sashimi to Japanese abalone cooked sous-vide for six hours, which SF Gate detailed at length. Don’t look for a sign outside—there isn’t one. Instead, look for the huge yellow mural of a fish along the side wall. As owner Ray Lee told The Wall Street Journal, “We took off the sign because of the overwhelming foot traffic.” Due to the restaurant’s popularity and limited seating, it’s best to make a reservation, especially if you plan on visiting during peak dinner hours. Don’t confuse it with Akiko’s Sushi at 542 Mason Street. Though the owners of Akiko’s Restaurant did indeed open that eatery, they sold it more than a decade ago. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before:Stop by for some treats, many of which are imported from the UK, at Fiona’s Sweetshoppe (214 Sutter Street). Just be careful not to spoil your appetite. After:Stop by for a nightcap and a chat with one of the friendly bartenders at Rickhouse (http://www.rickhousebar.com/). If You Can’t Make It, Try This: The sashimi and specialty rolls at Sushi Toni (733 Bush Street), which also stocks a well-curated selection of Japanese saki.
431 Bush St
San Francisco,
CA
US

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