Hisago - 3226 Geary at Spruce [San Francisco]
$6.50 Lunch Specials 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Wed-Sun
This is such a good deal for no-nonsense straight-up Japanese food — seriously better than the usual.
Three lunches and I am anticipating dinner discoveries.
Gobou Ninjin Age thin slices of burdock root and carrot, seasoned and deep-fried - do you like potato chips?
Renkon Hasamiage deep-fried lotus root, stuffed with ground beef and pork - porky heaven -
Onigiri 3 rice balls, pickled plum, marinated kelp, chopped fish flake - comfort food with 'rice-like-I-like-it'
Ingen No Gomaae boiled string beans, sesame dressing - crunchy and slightly sweet
Tonkotsu Ramen - topped with half hard-boiled egg with runny yolk, silky charsiu, green onions on toothsome ramen in richly long-simmered broth (my fave) for an additional 75 cents, ask for extra charsiu.
Saba Lunch Plate - lightly deep-fried mackerel in delicate batter with rice and green salad
Soba in Broth with Mountain Vegetables - when you seek the sage on the mountain top, eat this.
3226 Geary Blvd
(between Spruce St & Parker Ave
)San Francisco, CA 94118
When has the DH finished a dinner at a Japanese restaurant with no room for dessert? Tonight's dinner at Hisago was nearly a gut-buster... but we did share a large Asahi beer $6.25 to push us over the top. We started with Tekka Maki $4.50 for 6 pieces, generous with tuna in a one-bite mouthful. Then, the Buta no Misozuke - tender pork shoulder slices miso-marinated for $7.50 + $2.50 for added salad-soup-rice; with shredded cabbage, a slice of grapefruit, and two slices of the tamagoyaki/egg omelette. I had the Wafu Menchi Katsu, breaded and deep-fried patty of ground beef and pork for $7.75. I am pleased that this menu offers more than the usual tiresome standards and piques my curiosity with good home cookery.
Why didn't this make the SF Bargain Bites list?