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Aug 20, 2012 06:11 PM

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
(415) 379-9569

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  1. "Tonkatsu Ramen" is actually "Tonkotsu Ramen"

    Your descriptions are great and this place really seems like serious home-style Japanese cooking.
    People living nearby are lucky!

    2 Replies
    1. re: Tripeler

      yes, I mis-typed. The broth was so rich, I couldn't finish it (not artery-clogging). I know, I know, how can it be 'too rich'? unctuous

      1. re: Cynsa

        Yeah, it's basically the most porky flavors of the entire pork realm. Sounds like a great place, though.

    2. I especially liked the fried lotus root and stringbeans..2 dishes I had never had before...The ramen also had nice and chewy noodles!

      1. 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?

        1. http://www.sfgate.com/restaurants/bar...

          We returned in December for a satisfying dinner with the in-laws; hamachi kama, Wafu burger +