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ICHI Sushi [SF] - La Lengua Chronicles Part 28

Dave MP Dec 20, 2012 10:58 PM

Date Dined: 12/17/12

I had heard from several people that Ichi is a good spot for sushi, but since I'm not a huge sushi fan or connoisseur, I didn't get around to trying it until this week. Two of us shared the following:

Tekka Maki
Bincho Maki
Albacore Avocado Roll

Miso Soup
Kasu Gindara (Black Cod marinated in sake lees)

I thought the miso soup was very good, slightly earthier in flavor than the average Japanese place. Everything else was really only OK. I did see many people ordering sashimi here, and I did think the fish quality was very good, so perhaps maybe we ordered wrong. But I felt overall unexcited, compared to a recent sushi-focused meal at Ebisu (in the Inner Sunset) which I enjoyed much more.

The black cod was good, especially the bits that had crispier skin portions that had captured the sweet lee flavor, but the portion was quite small for $10.75. I feel like I have had a similar style (and priced) dish at Minako Organic and the portion was larger. It was about 6 bites of fish, total.

Service was friendly, it's a nice neighborhood vibe, so I can see why people like this place. So, if others like it, I'm curious to hear what's good!

ICHI
3369 Mission @ Godeus

La Lengua Chronicles: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838611
Dave MP

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  1. BernalKC RE: Dave MP Dec 22, 2012 07:53 PM

    In my limited experience there, I like their nigiri better than the maki. And I stick with the specials, or better yet, let the server steer my order. Prices are not cheap, that's for sure. But each time I got there, something really wows me.

    When I posted about Ichi more than a year and half ago, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/751277, I asked for other opinions because I don't think this place is a typical sushi joint. The careful sourcing of sustainable fish is comparable to Minako. But Ichi combines that with a more creative approach. Or something. I still can't quite put my finger on it, and I'd love to hear some of the sushi experts here give their impressions.

    1. Windy RE: Dave MP Dec 23, 2012 05:15 PM

      I've had good meals and mediocre ones at ICHI. The variable is whether Tim, the owner, is serving you or not.

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