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Minami: budget sashimi

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Hubby and I stopped in at Minami on Clement and 20th yesterday to satisfy some intense sushi cravings. This tiny neighborhood joint may fly low on the radar, but it completely charmed us.

First, the bad: the spider roll ($9 or $10) was completely uninspired. I'll stay away from the non-traditional sushi next time.

Natto: nutty, roasty, not too stinky, and appropriately slimy. Loved it! ($3.50)

Chirashi Deluxe ($15.50) Absolutely gorgeous. 9 pieces of assorted sashimi, of which the salmon and yellowtail were the best imo. The chirashi stood out for me because of the myriad of cooked items in addition to the raw fish, like braised daikon, shitake, carrots, pickled vegetables, unagi, and a very nicely done tamago. Call me a cheap date, but I can't always eat nothing but raw fish and rice. Some hot/cooked items really balance out a meal for me.

Sashimi sampler ($13 or 14): 11 pieces of fish. Good portions, hot rice, nice variety, nothing to complain about.

Both our dishes came with miso and a few complimentary pieces of teriyaki sweet potato. We left stuffed to the gills and very content! Additionally, the service was as sweet as pie, the owners and servers seemed to know several customers, and tea was refilled continuously through our meal. We'll definitely be back to this homey little Richmond spot.

Photos (look at the chirashi!) http://www.chezpei.com/2009/04/minami...

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Minami Restaurant
1900 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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  1. I live near Minami and thanks to your report I know to check it out. Soon.

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    1. re: saffrongold

      Any updates on Minami?

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      Minami Restaurant
      1900 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I have been three times since last October and really like it. I gravitate towards the Chirashi Deluxe because it is beautifully presented and the variety is there. The pickled vegetables that accompany it are outstanding. Hard to beat for $16.

        1. re: saffrongold

          I go to the one in San Leandro and have always been pleased with the food. Usually order the rolls, but have also ordered the boxes. Good sushi that is fairly inexpensive.

          1. re: sosdiaz

            Are they related or just same name? Their menu layouts look different and San Leandro has a web site while SF doesn't seem to.
            Minami Sushi
            699 Lewelling Blvd
            San Leandro, CA 94579

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            Minami Sushi
            699 Lewelling Blvd, San Leandro, CA 94579