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.