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Dec 20, 2012 10:58 PM

ICHI Sushi [SF] - La Lengua Chronicles Part 28

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!

3369 Mission @ Godeus

La Lengua Chronicles:
Dave MP

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