I’m not always the tasting menu or hot-new-spot blogger. Sometimes I write about food anywhere I can get it, even when it’s surprisingly at a shopping mall food court.
Let me introduce you to the Japanese chicken burrito ($10) at Kichi Grill in the food court of Westfield San Francisco Centre on Market Street. I discovered this amazing eat a few weeks ago when I was looking for a quick bite before going to see a movie.
I’ve eaten at the food court enough times that I end up going to the same spot, usually a Korean BBQ chicken plate or (if I’m really telling confessions) orange chicken from Panda Express. But this one time I walked by Kichi Grill, which typically offers the basic Japanese casual fare of rice plates and noodles.
But earlier this year they introduced sushi burritos, with only three options: 1) chicken, 2) shrimp tempura and 3) tempeh (vegetarian option, similar to tofu). All the burritos are wrapped in sushi rice and seaweed and filled with spiced cucumbers, shredded cabbage, carrots, pickled ginger, guacamole and Sriracha aioli.
Sushi burritos are not a new invention. In fact, there are several spots dedicated just to these rice rolls around San Francisco (and one in Oakland). But what surprised me about Kichi Grill’s version (and really, I’ve only had the chicken) is that it’s a reverse roll, so the rice is on the outside with the nori (or seaweed) inside surrounding the filling.
Despite the rice outside, the burrito kept its shape (with the rice packed nicely). Then the filling of teriyaki chicken and pickled vegetables meld together with the guacamole and Sriracha aioli. This one item is the one thing I look forward to when going to the mall.
The deets: Kichi Grill, 845 Market St. (in the Westfield San Francisco Centre’s lower level food court), San Francisco. PH: 415.538.7894. Open daily from 10:30 a.m. (11 a.m. on Sunday). Website
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