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Jun 14, 2011 01:53 PM

2G Japanese Brasserie in San Francisco

A couple months ago I stopped by 2G Japanese Brasserie in Opera Plaza for a solo lunch. I tried the homemade curry lunch plate with pork katsu, $11. The cup of miso soup to start was better than average. The mild curry prepared with a vegetable broth base included chunks of potatoes and carrots and softened, sweet slabs of onion. The katsu had a nice breading even if it was a bit dry. Certainly a satisfying lunch.

A friend had recommended 2G for Japanese breakfast on the weekends. What else can chowhounds report on here?

2G Japanese Brasserie
601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

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  1. I went back in March for dinner and found a fairly empty restaurant.

    But I enjoyed the rolls, which I don't normally order (usually stick with nigiri). My favorite was the Sake Kawa was really good with salmon, salmon skin, carrot for crunch, and bonito flakes.

    The maguro maki was good too, with avocado, kaiware, sesame oil and aonori salt.

    Their sushi rice was actually really nice, good texture and flavor.

    Out of hamachi kama, the subbed sake kama which was a delicious alternative.

    Yelp reviews have been all over the place, I think due to the lack of turnover.

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    1. re: DezzerSF

      Thanks. The reason I was curious about 2G is that the executive chef at the newly opened Hecho came from there. The photo on the menu page of the website looks much like the plating at Hecho so I was wondering if there might be any similarity in the cuisine. 2G isn't really a sushi specialist even though it does have a sushi bar and offers a much wider range of cooking, so I wouldn't expect the sushi to be competitive with better places. Perhaps it shares that with Hecho as well.

      185 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108

    2. Can anyone comment on 2G breakfast? Looks very interesting.

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      1. re: mmerino

        Wow, the taiyaki pancakes, kinako waffle and matcha french toast all sound good!

        1. re: Debbie M

          I guess were going to have to try it and report back since no-one has chimed in yet :)

          1. re: Debbie M

            Go, go! And remember that breakfast is weekends only. Do call ahead to be sure it's still on.

          2. re: mmerino

            I had the breakfast twice, both on weekdays, but that was in April so it's possible they've changed since. Their macha French toast is quite good but didn't taste very strongly of green tea. The Japanese Breakfast came with pit ham, eggs, rice, miso soup, and Japanese pickles, all of which were well done, but the center of the plate was a piece of dreadfully overcooked grilled salmon. It had the consistency of canned tuna. It's a shame, too, because I could tell from the raw fish dishes I've had at lunch that they use good stuff.

            1. re: the mess

              The breakfast menu says 9am-3pm Saturday and Sunday only. Other days they open at 10 with the lunch menu.

              1. re: the mess

                Thanks for reporting, that salmon does sound dreadful, but good to hear that the other orders can be worthwhile. I've been looking at the website since early April, and it's said weekends only since that time. Maybe breakfast is available during the week but the website hasn't been edited yet.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Last Saturday I had to come into SF to do something at work, so afterwards I made it a point to go to 2G for a late breakfast. I got there a little after noon, and only one other table was occupied.

                  I had the macha french toast. It was made with focaccia, which I wouldn't have thought of using for french toast, but it actually worked quite well. I agree that the macha flavor of the toast itself is fairly mild (it's hard to see in the picture below, but the toast had a green cast to it from the macha in the egg mixture), but there was macha powder sprinkled on top, which brought it out a little more. I thought it was good. I wasn't sure about topping it with maple syrup, but it worked. The bacon and eggs were fine. After I was seated, but before I ordered, I was served some green tea and a bowl of miso soup.

                  I'd still like to try the taiyaki pancakes and the sake rice off the breakfast menu. After I ordered, I noticed the black board behind the sushi bar listed three uni specials: uni rice, uni ravioli, and "uni extravaganza," which included uni, ankimo, ikura, and a couple of other things. Not sure how it was served. If I had seen that before I ordered, I might have tried one of those. At the table next to me, someone was having curry udon, which smelled pretty good.

                  It's a little off the beaten path, but if I was doing something other in that area, I would consider returning.

                  1. re: Debbie M

                    Good to hear more reports. Some times I feel like we get into ruts talking about the same restaurants over and over.

                    Debbie, Sunday is the festival at the temple in Sebastlopol. I posted it to the food festivals thread but wanted to mention it in case you missed it. They make Imagawayaki there, here's how.

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      Thanks, but Sunday I'll be at obon matsuri in San Jose, where, thank goodness, they also have imagawayaki, as well as my personal summer fave, obon ramen chicken salad!

                      1. re: Debbie M

                        Hmmm, maybe I can do both. I'll be starting at Sebastopol in the morning, and then will be passing through San Jose early evening...thanks for mentioning your favorites!