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Apr 8, 2014 08:29 AM

Recommendations for Japanese - non sushi?

Hounds, I'm visiting SF and looking for a few recommendations.

First, is a Japanese restaurant that is not limited to sushi. One member of my party is allergic to fish, though she can eat shellfish. (The rest of us love sushi, but will go for a separate meal to a sushi specialist.) I searched around and the latest thread on this seems to be from 2009. House made tofu a plus.

Second, is a Korean restaurant with particularly good banchan variety. Seafood, Jjige (stew), pork neck Jjige a plus. We are considering On Dal2, Jun Won, Ham Ji Park, or Soban - any comment on which would be your go-to is welcomed.

We are staying close to the Westside but are willing to drive anywhere in the central LA area. Cost is not an issue. Thanks.

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  1. In no particular order (non-fish Japanese portion of your request):

    Harikawa (the eatery formerly known as Torafuku)
    Aburiya Toranoko
    Marugame Monzo

    ... And tons of ramen places

    5 Replies
      1. re: J.L.

        Great thanks! Yes, no need for ramen recs. Any favorite out of this list?

        1. re: J.L.

          To this list, I must add n/naka.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Well if cost is not an issue, this should probably be the number one rec, right?

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Thanks, ipse, for correcting my oversight.

          2. Shunji or Kiriko for seafood and non-seafood Japanese

            1. For Korean, the best banchan in my opinion is at Mapo Kkak Doo Gee on 6th and Normandie. No place I've been to touches their variety or freshness.

              They serve a wide variety of Korean dishes that aren't KBBQ and a few stews. Off the top of my head they have the usuals: kimchee jigae and soondubu (does that count as a jigae?) but I don't think they do pork neck.