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SouthToTheLeft Aug 10, 2010 10:29 PM

Hello there,

I am chomping at the bit for good sushi in San Francisco. I crave fresh fish and delicious rice: but everywhere I've been has been either on the pricy side (Eiji) or only mediocre (We Be Sushi). There must be better, but damned if I've found it. Please help!

Where do you go when the fish craving hits?


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    Robert Ogden Sep 5, 2010 09:23 AM

    Koo, if you sit at the bar and let Suzuki and Kyoshi select your fish. Not the "Omakse" as you will get a lot of overdone stuff. I guess you could call it Sashimi/Nigiri Omakase.

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      cornflower55 Aug 11, 2010 10:27 PM

      every time i go to kabuto i am surprised by how good it is.

      if you want inexpensive, fresh sashimi for takeout then try yum yum fish in the sunset.

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        indigirl Aug 11, 2010 10:52 AM

        I've never been to Eiji so I can't really compare, but Tataki is wonderful. Sustainable sushi means not just guilt-free sushi but something different from the same old sushi -- refreshing.

        1. K K Aug 11, 2010 09:57 AM

          Never had sushi at Eiji, but if you are only looking for nigiri sushi and have no problems with the bare bones basics (saba, ebi, maguro, hamachi, uni, salmon, unagi, hirame) then Okina Sushi will probably hit the spot for you. $30 omakase. Supreme value, but of course quality is not on par with the top places that are going to be way more expensive than Eiji. They have the very basic rolls I think, nothing fancier than California, tekka, kappa. Open Thurs - Sat dinner, make a reservation.

          Okina Sushi
          776 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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          1. re: K K
            Windy Aug 11, 2010 07:49 PM

            I love Okina, although I've never made a reservation. (They have six seats at the bar and 2 or 3 tables.) I think the quality is fine. It's variety they lack. Very simple, very good. And a lot less hassle than Ino.

            I also like Koo (reserve if you want to sit at the bar) and had quite good sashimi recently at Skool.

            If someone else is buying, it's hard to beat the bar at Sebo. Also easy to spend $80+

            517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

            1725 Alameda St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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            vulber Aug 10, 2010 11:45 PM

            If you consider Eiji to be extremely expensive, this could be a long and difficult search

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            1. re: vulber
              SouthToTheLeft Aug 10, 2010 11:59 PM

              I don't consider it to be extremely expensive, but I do consider it to be on the pricy side, particularly in regards to what I've had for quality/quantity elsewhere.

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                Dan Wodarcyk Aug 11, 2010 09:51 AM

                My favorite, closest to San Francisco is Sakae in Burlingame. In the City, Ino in Japantown.

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                  carfeng Aug 11, 2010 04:21 PM

                  Ino is excellent, though not cheap. $58 or $68 for omakase when I was there a few weeks ago.

                  Ino Restaurant
                  25 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941

                  1. re: carfeng
                    K K Aug 11, 2010 04:53 PM

                    22 to 25 pieces of nigiri (mostly singles, very few doubles) with no toro, no salmon belly, but almost everything else he has in house that you can and cannot see in the counter (if you choose the singles delivery in omakase), could hit north of $130.

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                      vincentlo Aug 11, 2010 11:48 PM

                      Japantown's Sushi Aka Tombo's $30 omakase sushi or sashimi is excellent (obvious just not as spectacular as Sebo's or Ino's) and includes more exotic items (uni, amaebi, etc.).

                      517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                      Ino Restaurant
                      25 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941

                      Sushi Aka Tombo
                      1737 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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