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Dec 15, 2008 08:42 AM

sushi in SF - ebisu closed temporarily

my favorite sushi place is closed until Jan. Any suggestions on an alternative to ebisu for lunch. I used to like Yum Yum on Irving but that changed hands and last time i was there it was terrible - plus i'd like somewhere a little more comfortable than yum yum

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  1. I really like Kazu sushi just a block or two away from Ebisu on Irving. I've also enjoyed Goeman and Koo, also in the neighborhood.

    408 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

    Sushi Kazu
    841 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

    Goemon Japanese Restaurant
    1524 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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    1. re: tatertot

      Thanks but I need somewhere for lunch and all these seem to be open only in the evenings

      1. re: sonomajom

        I thought sister restaurant across the street, Hotei, would remain open and provide full Ebisu sushi menu (along with the soup/noodle menu that Hotei specializes in)?

        I could be wrong on this, I'm not a huge fan of either restaurant. But I'm pretty certain Hotei opens for lunch:

        1. re: papa

          thanks - you're right that they are not the best in town probably but they are open for lunch and in the area I need. Any preferences that would be open for lunch?

    2. I agree Yum Yum fish went downhill for a bit after they changed hands, but recently it seems to have been on an upswing. I had takeout from their the other day, and was pleasantly surprised. The rice is less sweet and the fish is better quality than I remember.

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      1. re: Pandora

        Honestly there is nothing on Irving that's good for sushi at lunchtime. As someone pointed out, all the decent places like Kazu and Koo are only open for dinner. Besides, Ebisu is extremely Westernized so if you want real Japanese (i.e. instead of just tuna, salmon, and yellowtail, or all the "cruncy this, fried that" rolls--what a disgrace) then try either Kazu or Koo at night.

        By the way, if you like ramen, Kazu actually makes this really intense fish broth by boiling fish bones into fish stock and reducing it over a long period of time, that they serve with the ramen. The ramen is okay (not hand made, but then that's just not what you find by and large in the US) but the broth that accompanies it is well worth it. This is not on the menu and you have to ask for it in advance when you make the reservations. If they make it (and they don't always have the time to) they can prepare maybe four bowls for the entire evening. Anyway, I know this is off topic, but since someone brought up Kazu I thought I'd share.

        1. re: hong_kong_foodie

          Ramen, did you say? What kind of toppings on Kazu's ramen?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Hmm I don't remember. Because the broth is what stands out I kind of just forget about the rest and sometimes don't finish it. By the way, there's no easy way to do the following, but if possible you want to make sure they don't dilute the broth in order to offer the ramen to more customers, since the diluted broth is not good.