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Feb 1, 2002 04:26 PM

My Sampling of Sunset Sushi Results:

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Okay so I only ate at two sushi places, but they were both withen one hour of each other :)

anyways... the bad: Ichi-ban-Kan on Irving and 10th.

Raw fish as mealy and unfresh as at Ichi-ban could only be forgiven if it were in Iowa. And at least the rice in the nigiri would be decent in Iowa. Thankfully the texture of the glutonous mush of vinigered rice in the nigiri was so unpleasent that it overpowered the taste of the frostbitten fish that it supported.
I was angred, victimized, and most of all not full...

The Excellent: Yum Yum Fish vaugly around Irving and 19th.

It is usualy a good sign when a resteraunt sells it's most crucial ingrediants by the pound, as well as in your food. ( Rosamande sausages, Tortillas at the Mexitessin on Florida) Yum Yum sold the sushi rice at three dollars a pound to a consistant line of old Japanese and Chinese women. More important then that, the majority of the business of Yum Yum is as a fish market, which dominates the room. You either order your raw fish at the fish counter in the front to take home in white wax paper or in the back to be wrapped in nori paper and white rice; only the wrapper differs. I had a role with ultra fresh halibut for 2.00 and one with two types of Tuna for 3.50.
It's kind of like eating your sushi in a fish market in Cape Cod but hey... I am now convinsed that shucked oysters (excellent and only 70 cents each) beats a japanese iceberg salad as a pre-sushi appatizer.


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  1. Seriously? $.70 cent oysters?

    And were they really good, creamy, meaty, deliciously briny specimens?

    If so, I'm finally making the trek to Yum Yum this weekend after lots of hemming and hawing.

    14 Replies
    1. re: Fatemeh

      $.70 cent oysters? I wouldn't eat low-priced see food.

      1. re: Hiko Ikeda

        trust me, these oysters are good.

        They are absolutely fresh, and come in on ice from Washington state. They are very consistant with a pleasent and subtle salt water aftertaste. I spent almost all my summers in Wellfleet, Cape Cod and never managed to get a bushel of oysters from the water to the kitchen intact. Their cost is merely a result of Yum Yum's lack of fame.

        1. re: Ryan

          but in japan, we are culturally trained to over pay for everything and hence equate quality to price not to its inate quality. it allows our consumers to support our producers rather than the way of the american system, which is set up to benefit the consumer.

          1. re: ankimo

            Now eating most of America's fast food is cheaper in Japan than in the U.S.

            "but in japan, we are culturally trained to over pay for everything"

            1. re: Hiko Ikeda

              economics, hiko-kun. the japanese economy has gone to pot and deflation has set in. consumers are waking up to how they were abused for 50 years.

        2. re: Hiko Ikeda

          Hiko -

          My guess is that suppliers sell oysters to restaurants for not much more than this, and we simply pay a substantial markup. Not to mention that a lot of fish departments sell their oysters by the pound (stupid, stupid) so you're paying for all that shell...

          I wouldn't consider this "low-priced" - I think I'd consider it "low-markup", a result of "low-overhead"!

          1. re: Fatemeh

            Haing never taken a business class, it is hard for me to understand whole/retail sales.

            How come a soda can cost $1 in many, many grocery stores(not restaurants) in San Francisco while this oyster is priced at only 70 cents???

            1. re: Hiko Ikeda

              Advertising and marketing costs, my dear man!

              1. re: Fatemeh

                Far more confusing.

                Most of the city's small stores selling only drinks--and some extras never spend their money on ads.

                1. re: Hiko Ikeda
                  Caitlin McGrath

                  I think Fatemah was referring to the advertising costs of the producers of the drinks, not the retailers.

                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                    On Feb 2 I wrote $1 sodas sold in "grocery stores", not "restaurants".

                    1. re: Hiko Ikeda
                      Caitlin McGrath

                      Right, and I said, "I think Fatemah was referring to the advertising costs of the producers of the drinks, not the retailers." Grocery stores are retailers (that is, they sell to the general public at prices higher than what they pay, which is wholesale). I didn't say anything about restaurants.

              2. re: Hiko Ikeda
                Melanie Wong

                Sodas cost $1 because customers are willing to pay $1. Price setting has little to do with cost for many items.

          2. re: Fatemeh

            Last weekend, I got 6 big oysters-unshucked--for $5. (I would have gotten 12, but the thought of shucking them myself persuaded me otherwise.) But they were so scrumptuous--fat, sweet, briny and creamy at the same time--that tomorrow I plan to make that 50 mile round trip, get a full dozen, and down them all for lunch!

          3. Yum Yum Fish vaugly around Irving and 19th???

            I do not recall any Japanese restaurant is located there. A Starbucks store, a bank, a gas station, and a school(?) on the corners.

            3 Replies
            1. re: Hiko Ikeda

              Yum Yum Fish
              2181 Irving St
              San Francisco, CA 94122
              (415) 566-6433

              It's mostly a retail fish market rather than a restaurant, which may be why you didn't notice it.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Yum Yum is located on the south side of Irving near 23rd Ave.

                1. re: Jim

                  Far away from 19th!

            2. b
              Brandon Nelson

              Hey Ryan

              I was going to recomend this place after your initial (and infamous) post. I didn't because I have never actually been there. None of my buddies that used to live in the Sunset wanted to go to somewhere so, what is the word I need here, earthy. I'm glad you found it anyway, and I'm glad it met your criteria for chow worthy.


              1. FYI to others. Yum Yum does not serve sushi in shop until 10am. This Sunday we went first thing in the morning, hoping to eat some sushi while picking up some tuna to take home. The fish shop is opening but too early for sushi.

                The take home sushi was excellent. Super fresh, very fatty and flavorful. Kind of expensive though, for two 1" steaks it was about $18.95.