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Friday dining around Japantown?

Mr. Lunchbox Sep 7, 2008 06:46 PM

Any suggestions for fun, great options in or near Japantown for 8 stressed out parents (w/o kids) looking to enjoy a movie and dinner?

We are open to Japanese or other cuisines near the Kabuki theatre. Don't care much about price as long as it is great, fun and we can drink!

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  1. Carrie 218 RE: Mr. Lunchbox Sep 7, 2008 10:17 PM

    Since you specified a drink, I would heartily suggest the first choice be O Izakaya in the Kabuki Hotel; while technically a bar, it serves fabulous Japanese bar food and interesting cocktails. For eight, I would recommend making a reservation as Friday nights can book up quickly and you'll want to assure a quality table.

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      Robert Lauriston RE: Carrie 218 Sep 8, 2008 07:58 AM

      Second on O Izakaya, great food and comfortable for a party that size.

      It's technically a restaurant, just has a very bar-like atmosphere.

      O Izakaya Lounge
      1625 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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        Mr. Lunchbox RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 8, 2008 07:21 PM

        Thanks Robert and Carrie 218-

        I had already booked this last nigh before your suggestions though I've never been there. Your suggestion providede great validation. Thanks!

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          Robert Lauriston RE: Mr. Lunchbox Sep 9, 2008 09:51 AM

          I dream of their grilled pork-belly skewers.

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      whiner RE: Mr. Lunchbox Sep 9, 2008 08:41 AM

      If you don't care mch about price, I had a great experience at Bushi-Tei about a year and a half ago. Haven't been back, but that has more to do with wanting to try other places, too. I'm not saying it is the best value in the city, but it is a truly quality restaurant and the quail appetizer was spectacular.

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        mrsricho RE: whiner Sep 9, 2008 06:25 PM

        I had one of the worst meals ever at O Izikaya recently. Absolutely abominable. Second strike out there actually. Have had great food at Bushi-Tei.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: mrsricho Sep 10, 2008 04:32 PM

          What did you order and what was wrong with the food?

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        ML8000 RE: Mr. Lunchbox Sep 9, 2008 07:47 PM

        Maki, everything was good. Housemade miso soup, one of the best I've ever had and I believe housemade teriyaki sauce. Everything is very well prepared but the small touches like the soup and teri sauce put it a cut above.

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          isybela RE: ML8000 Sep 9, 2008 08:33 PM

          I have to back up mrsricho. Having been to many izakaya in Japan, but open to the "fusion" prevalent on this side of the Pacific, O Izakaya was a disappointment. Not disgusting, but overpriced and definitely not delicious. A few dishes were good, the rest forgettable. I won't go back.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: isybela Sep 10, 2008 04:40 PM

            What was good and bad?

            Some of my favorites were the yakimono, which are $3-5 per skewer, the $9 soba, and a $19 grilled yellowtail collar (huge, plenty for three people to share). Is there someplace in SF that sells that stuff a lot cheaper?

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