High-end omakase menus continue to trend in the San Francisco Bay Area, and this past weekend I checked out the latest entry from noted Chef Masa Sasaki (Maruya) and his self-named Sasaki on the edge of the city’s Mission neighborhood.
The unassuming corner spot (across the street of the popular Flour + Water) telegraphs the […]Read the full post →
The story: Ijji Sushi opened earlier this year on Divisadero near Haight as a nigiri-only sushi spot, helmed by chefs/co-owners Billy Kong (formerly Saru Sushi) and Kua Catuang (formerly Seiya). This month, the tiny San Francisco restaurant (17 seats) switched to an omakase-only menu, providing a prix fixe 19-course tasting (five starters and about 13 […]Read the full post →
Believe it or not, I still have things to say about my eating vacation to New York last month.
Admittedly, I couldn’t go to half the places on my wish list for this city. But I covered a lot of ground in the nine days in Manhattan (with a few diversions to Brooklyn and Queens), […]Read the full post →
Omakase, the Japanese approach to dining at sushi restaurants where the selection is left up to the chef, seems to be all the rage these days when it comes to sushi dinners. Japanese restaurants like Ju-Ni and, of course, Omakase, are popping up serving omakase-only menus.
The latest is a quaint, […]Read the full post →
PALM SPRINGS, Calif.
Last week I got back from my first trip to Palm Springs where I was searching for some spring warmth in the dead of winter. While I wasn’t so successful in the temperature department (laying out at the pool in 60 degree weather did remind me of home though), I was […]
The story: This unmarked, tiny Japanese sushi restaurant on the edge of San Francisco’s Financial District and Chinatown has been opened for about 20 years. But about six years ago the family’s son, Ray Lee, bought out his parents and took control, bringing in a new chef to man the sushi counter.
Why I went: I […]Read the full post →
The story: Wako is a cozy yet modern-looking sushi restaurant in the inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco, less than two years old but already getting buzz among locals for its pristine and elegant dishes from Chef-Owner Tamoharu Nakamura.
Why I went: I love sushi, and I had read about the restaurant’s omakase (chef’s choice) dinner […]Read the full post →
The story: B-Dama, a Japanese izakaya (like a gastropub), originally opened on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, not too far from the owners’ longtime popular neighborhood hole-in-the-wall Geta Restaurant. But after maybe two years, owners Chikara Ono and Kosuke Muranaka closed the restaurant and decided to give the B-Dama concept a second chance as a counter-only food […]Read the full post →
The story: The izakaya trend, the Japanese gastropubs known for small bites (typically grilled) to go with the drinking, has spread east to Denver, as demonstrated in the popular Izakaya Den. The conceptual restaurant, opened by the same owners of Sushi Den (which is right next door) calls itself “a sake house with […]
The story: Ginto Izakaya Japonaise is the first Bay Area restaurant from the mega Tokyo-based restaurant group known as Ramla. With more than 150 restaurants around the globe (including several Oto Oto restaurants in Southern California), Ramla’s San Francisco restaurant opened last month on Market Street next door to the Ritz Carlton Club and […]Read the full post →
The story: This popular neighborhood sushi spot originally started in Bernal Heights, opened by sushi veteran Tim Archuleta and his wife, Erin. Starting out with a catering company, the couple opened Ichi Sushi in 2010 and word quickly spread about the fresh and creative sushi, especially the nigiri. Earlier this year, Archuleta opened in larger quarters in […]Read the full post →
We interrupt our regular ramen programming for this post on udon.
Although everyone is obsessing on ramen – and I don’t blame them – there are other types of Japanese noodles such as soba and udon. Growing up, I used to love udon for its comforting thick noodles in simple broth. They’re made of wheat […]Read the full post →
I’ve made it clear in the past that I’m not a big fan of Mexican cuisine because all the dishes seem to use the basic ingredients. But I do like a burrito now and then for a solid, no-fuss lunch.
So when people decide to play with the burrito concept, I get excited about some […]Read the full post →
While visiting family in Hawaii, I decided I wanted to get a nice seafood dinner. I mean, we’re on an island surrounded by the sea so there must be good fish to be had.
Growing up, Nimitz Highway was always a freeway that ran through the industrial area on the southern part of […]Read the full post →
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