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I have read that Sebo sushi in SF is good. Any thoughts? Is it worth trying? What is good to get there??

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Sebo
517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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  1. Yes yes yes! There are many threads on Sebo and other top sushi places. To enjoy the experience, you should be there a bit before 6 to grab their bar seats so that you can order omakase. If you love sake (nihonshu), head to True Sake across the street and purchase a bottle or two in advance; Sebo won't charge you corkage. Sit back and enjoy. Pace can be very slow, but if you enjoy chatting and going through your dishes slowly, you'll be in heaven! Usually the omakase costs $70-90 per person after tip and tax, not including alcohol.

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    Sebo
    517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    True Sake
    560 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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    1. re: vincentlo

      What is omakase??

      1. re: crystalrae

        Tasting menu. The chef decides for you.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Generally when one orders a tasting menu, they know in advance what they are going to get, I wouldn't say it's the case with omakase.

          1. re: vulber

            So in this unusual case, "omakase" is actually a set menu. If you want Danny or Michael to decide, just tell them that, and maybe what kind of things you normally like to guide their first choices. Is it worth it? Oh hell yes. Make sure to sit at the bar. And get the Beau Shu from Tru Sake.

            1. re: brhau

              Yes, but not unusual. "Omakase" means you're entrusting someone to make a choice on your behalf -- in this case, the chef,.

              Anybody been around long enough to remember the commercials for florist The Flower Girl on the original Iron Chef when it was broadcast on KTSF? The last line of the commercial was a cheery "Omakase Kudasai!"

              1. re: Debbie M

                Right, thanks for clarifying. What I meant to say was that Sebo offers a set omakase menu and also will feed you a personalized menu if that's what you want. If you say "omakase," you get the set menu.

            2. re: vulber

              What you get when you order omakase varies from restaurant to restaurant. Most businesses these days have pretty much jumped on bandwagon to capitalize on this dining trend. It's happening everywhere.

              In the end, it's just business.

              Some examples:

              Murasaki (SF)- there's a ~$60 item called omakase on the menu. Supposedly everyone gets some sort of salad (e.g. albacore tattaki with greens), miso or some sort of soup, nigiri, a few cooked dishes, a dragon roll or equivalent. If you walked in there off the street and just said "omakase", you might end up getting that.

              Sushi Tomi (Mountain View) - for about $60, the white board in plain English describes this as upwards of 10 pieces of nigiri (chef's choice), miso soup, maybe some sashimi, and 3 small side dishes (or to that effect). If you are lucky, you will get one piece at a time, or maybe it will be made together and served all at once. In essence, the surprise element has been lost and it no longer feels like a customized experience. This is then more along the lines of Tsukiji Fish Market tourist sushi places, by ordering the "manager's special" and getting 7 to 10 pc sushi (using fish of the day) with cut roll and miso soup.

              Sushi Sam's (San Mateo) - when you partake in Sam's omakase, you tell the waiter the # of pieces of nigiri you want. The chef's then go through a randomized list of single piece nigiri offerings, most of them based on what's recommended on the white board (sometimes sporting 20 to 28 types of exotic/special fish), with the chef's own touches, whether it be additional saucing, condiments, searing (sometimes fusion). If you want more, tell the waiters and the chefs will feed you.
              In the end everyone more or less gets the same thing, maybe in a different order.
              I have a feeling they have some strategy guide sheets to help them figure out what they should make that night. Then at some point, you can choose to repeat what you had or let them continue to decide.

              Sushi Zo (Los Angeles) - "Trust Me"....set tasting menu that everyone gets the same thing (based on what is in stock and in season) whether you are sitting at a bar or table, with a bluecrab salad handroll at the end (unless the chef is willing to take your request nearing the end of the meal). You basically tell the chef or waitress when to stop, and/or mention if there are any food allergies. Other "Trust Me" places might not be so kind.

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              Sushi Sam's
              218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

              Sushi Tomi
              635 W Dana St, Mountain View, CA 94041

              1. re: K K

                Kampai in PA does a lot of omakase business. All the omakase is done by the #1 chef, and appears to be the same for every diner on a given night.

                Naomi in MP is a different story, though. I think it's only at the bar, and the chef asks you a few questions about what you like. Very personalized.

                1. re: K K

                  Hey Ken,

                  For the $35 omakase at Sushi Tomi, you get to choose either nigiri sushi or sashimi. For the $60 omakase, they will add 3-4 warm dishes to your choice of nigiri sushi or sashimi. The portions of these warm dishes have always been very generous so say if for some strange reason you're deciding between Kaygetsu and Tomi and you're hungry, Tomi is the obvious choice.

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                  Kaygetsu Restaurant
                  325 Sharon Park Dr Ste A2, Menlo Park, CA 94025

                  Sushi Tomi
                  635 W Dana St, Mountain View, CA 94041

        2. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7055...

          Sebo isn't a place for deepfried rolls. Are you open to traditional, simpler styles of sushi?

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          Sebo
          517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I am open to it but we really have grown to love the deepfried ones. We always get traditional rolls too but we always get a few of those to go along. So I really wanted to find a place with really good deepfried or just not the norm type of rolls. I love lots of flavor. I have had some with Mango on them and pear slices and just fell in love with the different flavors and the originality of them. Thanks for your help!

            1. re: crystalrae

              Sebo is not the place for you given what you've said you want. I would go for Blowfish Sushi, Sushi Groove South, Sushi Bistro (either location), or even Ozumo for non-tradional rolls. Sebo and the other ec's you got i nthe other thread are for more nigri sushi, sashimi, and simple, small sized, tradtional Japanese rolls. What you are looking for is more innovative/fusion/ West Coast style.

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              Blowfish Sushi To Die For
              2170 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Sushi Groove South
              1516 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94107

              Sushi Bistro
              445 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118

              Ozumo
              2251 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

              Sushi Bistro
              2809 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              1. re: vliang

                Perfect! I do love fusion and I should have just called it that but that word didnt come to mind when I was writing this up. thank you very much for the suggestions. I am going to check out these places and look at what special rolls they have. Thanks again!

          2. From eatersf: Danny Dunham has left, Nao Hashimoto from San Diego's Sushi Ota will take his place and work on expanding the offerings on the menu. Great news!

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            1. re: hhc

              I'm not sure that's great news... I can't find anything about Hashimoto, good or bad. I may be in the minority, but I've always had positive experiences at Sebo. Then again, I've also always sat at the bar.

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              Sebo
              517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              1. re: openhelix

                Hopefully live spot prawns will make it on the menu, that was one of my favorites at Sushi Ota. Sebo has a far more diverse/quality fish list than Sushi Ota and was the site of the best nigiri based sushi meal that I have ever had. Ota is probably the best restaurant in San Diego and certainly the only Japanese restaurant worth visting in the area.

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                Sebo
                517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              2. re: hhc

                I'll definitely miss Danny. Bad news for me!