japanese non-sushi, non-sashimi
i was wondering if anyone can recommend reasonably priced japanese,,preferably peasant-type,,,don-buri/oden etc etc in areas other than j-town and preferably north and east of it.
also japanese-style fried rice...the really fried, darker, soyu laced stuff.
thanks all :):)
If you're ever interested in coming down to the Peninsula, Hotaru on 3rd Ave. and El Camino in San Mateo offers all sorts of "homestyle" Japanese dishes. They do them very well and portions are large. But the wait can be long, so come early or come late. But it's very tasty.
I don't know if they're any relation to Hotaru on Powell in SF, though.
For ramen, check out Katana-ya. They have donburi and other stuff, but I've heard that stuff isn't as good. I've never been to Dojima An on O'Farrell, but they're supposed to have pretty good renditions of donburi and other cooked comfort dishes.
Mikaku (Grant, just south of Bush St. Chinatown gate) is in a touristy location but has a nice list of specials only offered at dinner. Recent offerings have included chawanmushi, a couple kabocha dishes, cold daikon soup, and of course their housemade soba noodles (served as zaru soba).
I've really been wanting to visit Hotaru on Powell, which looks to be the style that you're looking for. I haven't been yet, but hope to soon. Maybe you can check it out and report back. It's not showing up in Chowhound's list of places, so I can't link to it, but it's on Powell right near Washington.
430 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
219 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
323 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108