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Nov 23, 2010 01:06 PM

Best Japanese spots for things other than sushi

Where are the very best places to go for homestyle dishes, izakaya, etc...??

The places could have sushi, as well. I like sushi and am interested in the best sushi places, also, but I would really like to find places who are doing harder to find japanese dishes that are amazing.

I already love and go to Minako and Ippuku...


Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant
2154 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2130 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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  1. This is an easy question... Kappou Gomi!

    Kappou Gomi
    5524 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

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    1. re: Paul H

      Second Kappou Gomi.

      Kappou Gomi
      5524 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

    2. Muracci's in FiDi is very popular for its Japanese is quite good, though I think some of the hype comes from people who have never had Japanese curry previously.

      1. And of course, Oyaji

        Oyaji Restaurant
        3123 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

        1. Norikonoko in Berkeley is great for home-style cooked dishes.

          I love the fried noodles at Sapporo-ya. I'm not sure what that dish is called.

          Norikonoko Japanese Rstrnt
          2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

          Sapporo-Ya Japanese Restaurant
          Japan Ctr, San Francisco, CA 94115

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Ah, Norikonoko is one of the Berkeley Japanese restaurants that I enjoy.

            Yakisoba? Is that what you were thinking of?

            1. Kiss Seafood near Japantown. Reservations are a must, only 12 seats.

              Kiss Seafood
              1700 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94115