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Best Japanese Restaurant in Japantown (other than Kiss)?

evangross Aug 24, 2006 10:36 PM

my fiance's sister is visiting for a few days. She spent a few years in Japan so she is pretty well versed in Japanese food. I'm guessing we can't get into Kiss on such short notice, so any other ideas?

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    Wendy_san RE: evangross Aug 24, 2006 11:48 PM

    I've never been to Kiss, but it has received good reports on Chowhound. Unfortunately, there aren't that many good Japanese restaurants in Japantown. The best is probably Kappa, and if your fiance's sister can speak Japanese, that will be most helpful there. It's above the Denny's at 1700 Post St and is quite expensive, but authentic. I've also heard good things about Ino Sushi. Maki and Kansai are also fairly good. Bushi-tei has had some good notices but I think it might be more of a fusion place. Here are some links:


    Ino Sushi


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      evangross RE: Wendy_san Aug 25, 2006 12:10 AM

      Thanks! I've read about Ino- will probably give that a try.

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        Melanie Wong RE: evangross Aug 25, 2006 03:37 AM

        Note that Ino is very small and strictly a sushi bar and doesn't serve other types of Japanese food.

    2. anna RE: evangross Aug 25, 2006 12:15 AM

      I really enjoy the food at Takara. Got some traditional dishes there.

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        zooksten RE: anna Aug 25, 2006 06:12 AM

        Takara changed ownership a while ago, and it hasn't tasted the same for me since.

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          Wendy_san RE: zooksten Aug 25, 2006 03:07 PM

          I agree. Takara would not be a top choice for me in J-town.

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        AmySherman RE: evangross Aug 25, 2006 03:11 PM

        Kappa really feels like you are in Japan. I've been twice and highly recommend it. This was my most recent review with lots of pictures:


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