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Need recos for Japenese lunch on Friday in SF

vinecal Apr 13, 2011 05:25 PM

Hi all looking to take a japenese client to lunch of Friday. Would like a casual place that has great Ramen, Yakitori and or Sushi. If possible would like a recos for place in Japantown and outside.

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    vinecal Apr 14, 2011 12:39 PM

    Great recs hounders!

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    1. re: vinecal
      wolfe Apr 14, 2011 12:51 PM

      Perhaps the problem is that there is nothing open for lunch that is great for those things you mentioned, especially for a Japanese visitor.

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        CarrieWas218 Apr 14, 2011 02:43 PM

        San Francisco is woefully in need of ANY yakitori restaurant. We have none of worth in the city.

        The best sushi bar that is open for lunch is Takara behind Hotel Kabuki in the mall. There are few other sushi restaurants open for lunch of any merit.

        For Ramen, I would recommend Mifune near the bridge in J-town but it pales in comparison to Tanpopo which is only open for dinner.

        1740 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA

        Mifune Restaurant
        1737 Post St Ste 375, San Francisco, CA 94115

    2. shellshock24 Apr 14, 2011 02:30 PM

      I know you didn't say curry, but my favorite Japanese lunch place is Muracci's Japanese Curry on Kearny. Like wolfe said, there really isn't any great Japanese lunch spots. San Mateo would probably provide you with some better options.

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        Windy Apr 14, 2011 02:57 PM

        Muracci's is delicious, but it's takeout, so not right for a business meeting. Did they ever end up opening for dinner?

        I'll recommend Skool, a modern Japanese restaurant with easy parking on the Potrero/SOMA border. It's a beautiful space with delicious fish and good service; innovative rather than traditional.

        I like Takara, but it's not very upscale.

        1725 Alameda St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. re: Windy
          shellshock24 Apr 15, 2011 02:10 PM

          Ooops, I completely glossed over the "client" part of the request!

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        pauliface Apr 14, 2011 02:59 PM

        Isn't maki open for lunch? They don't have the food you ask for but I at least think of them as high quality and refined. They specialize I believe in wappa meshi, and it's very tasty.

        In japantown, but not outside.

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        1. re: pauliface
          ML8000 Apr 14, 2011 03:19 PM

          Maki isn't open for lunch on the weekdays, if I recall.

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          Keesey Apr 14, 2011 05:36 PM

          Katana-Ya for ramen.

          430 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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            doubledeuce80 Apr 14, 2011 05:50 PM

            ebisue on 9th/irving is open for lunch and fairly nice. of course not in japantown but is an option.

          2. Pei Apr 14, 2011 07:36 PM

            There really isn't great Japanese of the kind you request anywhere in SF.

            For a Japanese client, I'd suggest one of two places, both more French-Japanese than traditional Japanese, and both Japanese owned.

            Ame--very high end, more items that tend toward Japanese, like amazing chawan mushi and fish, raw and cooked

            Bushi-Tei--mid end for lunch, the menu items sound quite American (beef sandwich, pork cutlet) but have a definite Japanese sensibility to them.

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