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Friday, February 11, 2011

Sushi Somewhere Finds a Place at The Corner

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 11:05 AM

click to enlarge Somewhere Sushi's caterpillar roll, $9.95, and tamago nigiri, $2.75. - LUIS CHONG
  • Luis Chong
  • Somewhere Sushi's caterpillar roll, $9.95, and tamago nigiri, $2.75.

Wednesday night SFoodie stopped by The Corner to check out the new lineup of rotating pop-ups. In the kitchen was Sushi Somewhere, a new roaming sushi maker.

This might seem like déjà vu for Mission locals familiar with Ichi, the first traveling sushi maker in San Francisco, who in 2009 got started doing Mondays at Bender's just a few blocks away. Sushi options on the Mission are sparse, and popular places like Tokyo Go-Go on 16th Street, We Be Sushi on Valencia, and Sushi Bistro on 24th Street are usually packed, so the Somewhere pop-up is potentially a boon to the neighborhood.

The short menu has enough options to satisfy late-night sushi cravings, at least on Wednesday nights. Somehwere's chef Miguel told SFoodie he's been making sushi for 17 years, most recently at Ichiraku on Geary, where he apprenticed under a Korean sushi master, and before that at other local sushi-boat places.

Prices here are moderate, mostly: nigiri (two pieces) and maki (six pieces) are $2.50-$3.95, and Americanized sushi rolls are $5.75-$9.95. But sashimi is a bit steep - $9.25-$13.50 for five slices. A few combos (four to five nigiri and one roll for $11.95-$12.95) offer better value. And there's no hot food, other than a big bowl of miso soup ($3.50).

Our takeout order of a caterpillar roll (eel and cucumber topped with avocado and tobiko, $9.95) and tamago nigiri ($2.75) looked and tasted great. The nigiri stayed together, there were no loose grains of rice, and the fish showed good knife skills - all pretty much on par with what you can get at a decent American sushi place. Plus we can't help but applaud small entrepreneurs aspiring to make it "someday, somehow, somewhere."

Sushi Somewhere at The Corner, 2199 Mission (at 18th St.), 875-9258. Pops up Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m.

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