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May 30, 2008 07:57 AM

Looking for great solo sushi dining experience...

I’ll be in San Francisco for one evening for work. I would love to treat myself to some great sushi (price isn't an issue).. any ideas?

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thank you. It will actually be a Monday evening. Any other ideas? How about Tsunami Sushi Bar? I've read some good things..

      1. re: weber75

        Here is a recent thread exploring the same topic. It contains links to other threads, and so on...

        1. re: weber75

          Tsunami: absolutely not worth seeking out, though my last meal there was so bad I haven't been back in 3+ years so it could have improved. It's in my neighborhood, it was great for the first few years, then the owners shifted focus to a new venture, Nihon. Nihon emphasizes creative rolls and whiskey far more than it does quality fish.

          The way sushi is consumed in this town, a sushi chef has to really want to stick to simple quality preparations because the clamoring hordes want rolls and fushion twists. That, or they have to be autocratic Japanese to scare away the non-Japanese clientèle, and they close early (9 or so) to keep out the unwashed masses.

          1. re: SteveG

            "autocratic Japanese" is a reasonable description of Ino-san. No rolls, no trays (counter presentation)! Not trendy in the slightest, but very traditional and very good.

            1. re: SteveG


              Tsunami Sushi Bar
              1306 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

            2. re: weber75

              Unfortuanately, I think a lot of good sushi places are closed Mondays because they're awaiting shipments of their fish at the start of the week. Otherwise, I would agree that Sebo is the best for solo bar experience because the two sushi chefs are super friendly and chatty.

              You might consider maybe going to a nice restaurant that has some raw seafood that's opened on Monday like Bar Crudo or Ame in the St. Regis.

              Bar Crudo
              655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

              Ame Restaurant
              689 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

            3. Or, head over the Golden Gate for Sushi Ran in Sausalito. Inventive, top drawer; widely hailed as 'best.'