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Nov 20, 2013 09:09 PM

Akiko sushi vs. Ino recommendations please [San Francisco]

Hi Chowhounders,

I'm looking for a good omakase experience in San Francisco; I'm staying in Japan town but am able to travel within the city. I have a reservation at Akiko but am also contemplating Ino; however, I'm put off by the negative reviews of the chef. I can deal with unfriendly, but would probably find rude behavior would color my appreciation of the meal. If there are other restaurants you think I should consider I'd be very happy to get your advice.

An interesting and high quality selection of fish is most important to me as I'm most interested in sushi and sashimi.

Thanks so much!

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    1. Kiss is definitely worth considering if you want the whole omakase experience. I'm also a huge fan of Sushi Aka Tombo.

      I am one of those that gave up on Ino years ago - and I was living in JTown and frequenting their restaurants often. Even being a regular didn't garner better service or treatment. For me, no reason to give anyone money for good fish and a snarl.

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      1. re: CarrieWas218

        >> Even being a regular didn't garner better service or treatment.

        I agree with this point. I don't think being a regular changes how he treats people at all.

        1. re: CarrieWas218

          I love Sushi Aka Tombo. Won't go back to Ino.

        2. i think akiko's is your best bet if you're serious about sushi and don't want to risk it with ino.

          kiss is more kaiseki than sushi.

          sushi aka tombo just isn't at the same level as ino or akiko's.

          that said, i've never had a problem with ino, and have been probably >30 times.

          1. Kiyoshi-san at Koo in the Sunset is my favorite, hands down.

            I can no longer endorse Aka Tombo after my last couple of meals there.

            Ino's food is very good but I have no desire to ever set foot there again. He's just too grumpy.

            Has anyone tried the newly opened Maruya in the Mission? It looks fantastic. I have a reservation for early December.


            1. thank you so much for your help and suggestions; I think I'll stick with Akiko this time and give the other suggestions a try at a later date.

              Thanks again!