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Best Sushi and Thai in SF? Visiting

Dave in Dripping Springs Dec 10, 2007 07:53 AM

Howdy from Dripping Springs Texas. I am visiting my old stomping grounds during Xmas, and wanted to find out what you think is the top couple Thai and Sushi joints in town.

We are staying near Union Square, but will be happy to travel for the best.

Also, has anyone here tried Your Place Thai food in Berkeley on University. I used to love that place!

Thank you for your help!

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    ltsao01 Dec 13, 2007 08:18 PM

    I like Osha Thai Noodle. There are multiple locations now, but the original, at Geary and Jones, is probably the best and not as expensive as the others. And they're open really late.

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    1. re: ltsao01
      P. Punko Dec 13, 2007 10:53 PM

      I do like their Pad Kee Mao. I think they also own Ozone on Polk, which has a nice atmosphere and some very nice salads.

      Ozone Restaurant
      1160 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

      1. re: ltsao01
        david kaplan Dec 14, 2007 03:15 AM

        I stick to their noodles only. The Osha Tom Yum soup, when made extra spicy, is one of my favorite meals in San Francisco. Their non-noodle dishes? Feh.

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        Kwonton Dec 11, 2007 07:53 AM

        I know you didn't ask for it, but if you like Thai, you should try Burmese at BURMA SUPERSTAR.

        1. Lori SF Dec 11, 2007 07:47 AM

          Hi Dave,

          Great sushi is hard to find in this town and since Sebo and Ino are both good although I think Sebo has gone down hill some. I would say Kiss Seafood is better in terms of quality and sushi experience it is closer to what I am use to. I think it might be the best in quality the city has to offer. The service is good but on the serious side.

          As for just plain good I like Okina Sushi nothing fancy, the service is much better than Sebo and Ino. Okina is very small I think there are only 12 or so seats at the bar but the sushi is clean done very well (he has been doing it for 25 or more years) very reasonably priced. This place is not for everyone, it does not have much atmosphere.
          They only take cash and open Thurs.-Sat. evenings.

          Yes Thai Express on Larkin is your best bet.

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          1. re: Lori SF
            Lori SF Dec 11, 2007 07:52 AM

            Here are the addresses.

            Kiss Seafood
            1700 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94115

            Okina Sushi
            776 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

            1. re: Lori SF
              osho Dec 11, 2007 09:03 AM

              Lori, I'd be interested in knowing what gave you the impression that Sebo was going downhill.

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                Lori SF Dec 11, 2007 09:37 AM

                the actual sushi did not taste as fresh with that right texture as I remembered. It was just so so, I was just there two weeks ago.

              2. re: Lori SF
                Dave in Dripping Springs Dec 13, 2007 05:27 AM

                Thanks everyone, I appreciate it. I used to live in Albany in the East Bay, and my wife is from Northern California, so we are excited to come back for a visit.

                Has anyone tried Your Place in Berkeley? It is on University. Good stuff....

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                david kaplan Dec 10, 2007 09:24 AM

                My favorite Thai is also Thai House Express.

                For sushi, I prefer Ino over Sebo. I think they're similar in quality -- both very high -- but Ino is less expensive. Service is kind of stern in both places, but in a sushi bar I mind sternness less when it's coming from an older Japanese couple (as at Ino) than from young hipsters (as at Sebo). Ino's service feels traditional, whereas Sebo's feels pretentious.

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                1. re: david kaplan
                  Dave in Dripping Springs Dec 11, 2007 04:26 AM

                  Well it looks like Thai House Express is in. It looks like there are two locations, is there any difference between the two? It looks like INo is really good, but alot of people complain about the service. Bad service is something I won't deal with....bummer. Maybe I'll try Sebo.

                  Any one else?

                  1. re: Dave in Dripping Springs
                    osho Dec 11, 2007 06:27 AM

                    Having eaten at both, the one in the Tenderloin seems to be better..

                    1. re: Dave in Dripping Springs
                      david kaplan Dec 11, 2007 06:37 AM

                      For what I usually order (noodles, larb, other salads), the Tenderloin location of Thai House Express is better though only by a bit. I've been very happy with every meal I've had at either location. Their location in the Castro is my preferred place to eat when I'm in that area; it is also the only restaurant in San Francisco with a mostly gay clientele whose food I like, so it's my #1 choice for the combination of food and people-watching.

                      1. re: david kaplan
                        osho Dec 11, 2007 07:01 AM

                        I think the food at the Castro location is tempered down a notch or two.

                  2. Husky Dec 10, 2007 08:58 AM

                    Best sushi in SF is at Sebo.

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                      osho Dec 10, 2007 09:33 AM

                      Don't forget Ino Sushi in Japantown.

                    2. Dave MP Dec 10, 2007 08:04 AM

                      In SF, Thai House Express and Mekong for Thai.

                      Thai House Express
                      901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

                      Mekong Restaurant
                      791 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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