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Maruya on 16th, best sushi in SF?

powerpop Nov 21, 2013 02:12 AM

Or better said, how does Maruya stand up to some of the great sushi spots in Tokyo?

After a show at ODC my girlfriend and I walked over to Bar Bambino only to discover its out of business (moved?) and Maruya sushi has taken its place.

The quality of the fish was superb as was the Uni, although the rice seemed a little too sweet. The presentation and service were heads above. I cannot remember the last time I was at sushi place, nay any restaurant, and did not have to catch the waiters attention at least once.

Maruya is the best sushi experience we've had in San Francisco.

  1. Melanie Wong Nov 21, 2013 11:11 AM

    Did you order a la carte or omakase?

    2931 16th Street
    San Francisco, CA
    415 503 0702
    Closed Monday and Sunday


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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      vulber Nov 21, 2013 01:18 PM

      can one order a la carte? menu online doesn't seem to imply that you can

      1. re: vulber
        Melanie Wong Nov 21, 2013 01:21 PM

        The linked Tasting Table review says this:
        "You're not obligated to order the set menu (though we'd recommend it). Chef Sueyoshi prepares nigiri and hand rolls à la carte. Bonus bite: Order a boozy, jade-green macha tiramisu to finish the meal. "

      2. re: Melanie Wong
        powerpop Nov 21, 2013 02:20 PM

        A la carte, they allow the ordering of separate pieces and as pointed out they are on the pricey end of the spectrum with per piece at $8+ ... but worth it!

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        ajyi2012 Nov 21, 2013 05:29 PM

        I've heard that one of the chefs here gave a great omakase presentation and the other one not so much. It'd be great to find out which one is the good one.

        1. Windy Nov 21, 2013 10:23 PM

          Wow, thanks. They're open nice and late too.

          1. possumspice Dec 16, 2013 05:24 PM

            This place is practically across the street from us, so we knew we would be giving it a try. Excellent selection of fresh fish--easily Sebo or Sushi Ran quality. I ordered the sushi combination, my dining companions had Hide's omakase. All of my sushi was pristine, though the rice was maybe a tad undercooked. Lovely, restrained use of fresh wasabi, ginger, and other garnishes.

            Dinner ended with an awesomely savory bowl of red miso soup and mushrooms. Uni was some of the freshest and sweetest I've had. Very happy about this addition to the neighborhood.

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            1. re: possumspice
              vincentlo Dec 19, 2013 12:17 AM

              I am waiting for them to settle down before my visit (being selfish here). It would be nice to hear from someone who tried Masa-san's omakase at Sebo back then. My personal experience was excellent, and I don't expect any less from him at Maruya.

            2. Robert Lauriston 1 day ago

              I had a great meal last night. Ordered the Masa Hide omakase, which has a few set items from the kitchen and as many nigiri as you like. Standouts were super-fresh Mendocino uni, a cured fish something like saba, and something seared with a blowtorch just before serving.

              I sat at the counter right in front of the chef so had the optimal experience. He said he gets 80% of his stuff from Japan and was talking about how important it is that the fish is killed properly and eaten after the optimal amount of time for the species.

              They have an "orange" Vermentino by the glass that goes really well with sushi. Ten pieces and three glasses of wine came to $165 before tip.

              I haven't been to enough of the top places to rank it, but it was some of the best sushi I've had. I'll have to go back and ask him for a more esoteric selection.

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                barleywino 1 day ago

                I tried both ala carte and the Maruya omakase ($85), was less satisfied with the omakase (since they gave me several fish which are not my favorites and which I would not normally order, they only served to fill me up prematurely-- e.g. 3 giant pieces of maguro in an omakase, come on?!). The side dishes provided with the omakase were good but did not knock my socks off. Have not tried the Hide omakase. I would probably go ala carte in the future. Their botan ebi was particularly good. They could use some nama sake in their list. Enjoyed the anmitsu. The ambiance is much more relaxing and zen-like (reminiscent of Urasawa) than say Saru or Hamano but prices are also much higher than either of those.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  tjinsf 1 day ago

                  Did they have an ala carte option when you went last night? Stopped in last week and the only menu we were shown at the door was for two set menus. Decided to go elsewhere as we weren't that hungry.

                  1. re: tjinsf
                    Robert Lauriston 1 day ago

                    I think if you get the Masa Hide omakase you can ask for anything you want from the list I photographed. Or maybe you can just order a la carte, period, I didn't ask. Note that I split the list into two photos to make them readable.

                    I think the botan ebi were the only item I got two of. The fried heads were another highlight.

                    1. re: tjinsf
                      barleywino 1 day ago

                      Ala carte is always available. That's why the menu they hand out inside shows prices per piece.

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