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Feb 28, 2002 11:19 AM

need more sushi?

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Just when you thought San Francisco couldn't support one more sushi place ... "Osaka Sushi Vallejo" opened across the street from the popular Godzilla on Divisidero. And, the hipster sleek "Kansai" opened in Japantown next to Benkyodo. That's just THIS week...

Sadly, we lost Oiri and Wassavy on Cyril Magnin, closed after 11 years of business.

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  1. I'll be interested to hear the take on Osaka Sushi Vallejo. One friend swears that the original in Vallejo is the best he's had. Do you know if Kansai has any connection to the one that used to be in the Financial District years ago? That had been my favorite sushi in its day.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      I have been to this new sushi place 5 times now for take out. They make very good specialty rolls and they are very attentive to the design and production of the sushi. The few times i have ordered Nigiri they have even gone out of their way to embellish that as well with various pastes and ponzu sauces and the like... The fish is good, it is fresh and tasty and the proportion and prices are fair. Some of the specialty rools are excellent, but some of them are just rehashing the same ingredients over and over again with slight changes. They will however, accomadate a patron in making anything you ask for. I am a diehard shiso fan and ask for it in almost all of my hand rolls and specialty maki, and they have no problem with that. All of the ingredients are fresh and it is a much nicer attitude you are greeted with at this place thatn they will greet you with at Godzilla across the street.
      I have never been to the Osaka sushi in Vallejo, so i can not compare the two for you. But i think that this one will not do that badly since there is little sushi in that neghborhood aside from Godzilla, and the service is so awful there and the food takes sooooo long to get to your mouth, that i think people will start to populate Osaka just for respite, and when they realize that the fish is fresh and not insanely overpriced, and the service is friendly, that things might start to pick up for Osaka.
      They are not flat out AMAZING, but neither is godzilla, in my opinion.
      Osaka is standard good sushi. Fresh, well prepared, and reasonably priced.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        That would be great if it was the same Kansai as on Sacramento Street. They had some nice dishes there, especially the udon suki.

        1. re: Wendy-san

          "That would be great if it was the same Kansai as on Sacramento Street."

          It moved to Japantown recently.

          1. re: Hiko Ikeda
            Melanie Wong

            Hiko, are you telling us that the new Kansai in Japantown is the same operation that used to be in the Financial District? I sure hope so!