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Dining, SFoodie Sushi Ran's Chef Toshi talks Winning Third Place at the Global Sushi Challenge

Sushi Ran's Chef Toshi talks Winning Third Place at the Global Sushi Challenge

San Francisco is a proud home to many world-renowned chefs, and now we can add Global Sushi Challenge 3rd place winner to that long list. Michelin-starred Chef Takatoshi Toshi of Sushi Ran in Sausalito recently brought home this accolade from…
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Dining, SFoodie Who Wants an Erotic Dinner Party With Naked Sushi?

Who Wants an Erotic Dinner Party With Naked Sushi?

If Fellini’s Satyricon is your idea of a good movie to watch while eating, RavishSF’s Erotic Underground Dinner Series might be a good alternative to going out for tacos. The sensuous (and gluten-free) supper returns to Soma’s Drake Lounge Saturday,…
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Dining, SFoodie Food Truck Bite of the Week: I Sushi, You Sushi, We All Sushi

Food Truck Bite of the Week: I Sushi, You Sushi, We All Sushi

Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks. The Truck: We Sushi The Cuisine: Japanese-California rolls and bowls Specialty Items: Deep-fried rolls and chirashi sushi rice bowls Worth the…
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Dining, SFoodie In Praise of Sushi Zone's Baked Sea Bass

In Praise of Sushi Zone's Baked Sea Bass

Sushi Zone is one of San Francisco's hidden gems. Located on an alley off Market Street on the edge of Hayes Valley, the tiny restaurant holds only two booths and eight bar stools. The owner, who goes by "Ao," mans…
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Dining, SFoodie Number 3: Koo's Spoonful of Happiness

Number 3: Koo's Spoonful of Happiness

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Dining, SFoodie HayaHon Begins Izakaya Popup at Former Mercury Lounge, Now Called SPACE 1582

HayaHon Begins Izakaya Popup at Former Mercury Lounge, Now Called SPACE 1582

Mark Hayashida has covered a lot of culinary territory since graduating from college: cooking Classic French-inspired cuisine at the LA Ritz-Carlton, working on the sushi bar at the San Jose branch of Blowfish, cooking at Google, helping open Skool in…
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Dining, SFoodie Sachio Kojima: Pretty Much the Best Thing About Hecho

Sachio Kojima: Pretty Much the Best Thing About Hecho

You know how you can be beset with a feverish curiosity about a place and still can't bring yourself to go there? Exhibit one: the Audium. Exhibit two: Hecho, Joseph Manzare's year-old sushi and tequila restaurant. I'd been trying to piece…
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Dining, SFoodie Number 47: ICHI Sushi's Tai Nigiri

Number 47: ICHI Sushi's Tai Nigiri

No one -- certainly not in San Francisco, possibly in the country -- is making sushi quite like Tim Archuleta at ICHI Sushi. For the past two…
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Dining, SFoodie Is American Sushi on the Decline? Some Say Yes.

Is American Sushi on the Decline? Some Say Yes.

It's no surprise that when the Washington Post brings a storied, Japan-trained sushi chef to a neighborhood, fusion-happy sushi restaurant, he doesn't like what he's eating. What is interesting, though, are the reasons why. It's not necessarily the fact that…
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Dining, SFoodie 2G Brasserie Has a Whiz at the Sushi Bar

2G Brasserie Has a Whiz at the Sushi Bar

When 2G Brasserie opened at the back of Opera Plaza seven months ago, it had an intriguing menu and one of San Francisco's most respected sushi chefs, Masaki Sasaki, making nigiri. But Sasaki soon left to open Hecho downtown, and…
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Dining, SFoodie Kyo-ya Makes Its Sushi Affordable for Takeout Lunch

Kyo-ya Makes Its Sushi Affordable for Takeout Lunch

When we have somebody else's credit card, we enjoy dining at Kyo-ya. The sushi and sashimi are generally fresh and delicious, but the price is set for the business-expense crowd, and that's more than we want to spend for lunch.…
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Dining, SFoodie Beyond Basic Sushi: Learn Sashimi Knife Skills at Delica

Beyond Basic Sushi: Learn Sashimi Knife Skills at Delica

Sashimi Knife Skills at Delica Where: Delica, 1 Ferry Plaza (at Embarcadero), 834-0344 When: Sat., April 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $100 The rundown: Mikiko Ando, executive chef at Delica, brings over 20 years of finely honed experience to the sushi…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 22: Tataki's Faux-Nagi

No. 22: Tataki's Faux-Nagi

There are people out there -- we've met them, we know -- who can't think of a sushi meal without a couple of…
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Dining, SFoodie Tequila, Yeah. But Hecho's Sake List Looks Awesome

Tequila, Yeah. But Hecho's Sake List Looks Awesome

Tequila might prove to hog all the attention when Hecho ― the sushi and tequila place by Joseph Manzare and Masaki Sasaki ― opens, probably next week (it's in the former Midi space in the FiDi), but the premium sake…
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Dining, SFoodie Out with the Kids: Sushi at ICHI

Out with the Kids: Sushi at ICHI

In my twisted little food-obsessed world, my daughters' sushi-eating exploits are just as important, if not more, than their academic achievements or athletic prowess. Your son scored two goals this morning? Whatever. My 8-year-old downed a fried shrimp head, eyes…
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Dining, SFoodie Sushi Evolution: An Interview with Trevor Corson

Sushi Evolution: An Interview with Trevor Corson

As I was preparing for this week's review of two American-style sushi restaurants, I called up Trevor Corson, author of The Story of Sushi. In his book, Corson discusses sushi's origins as a method of pickling fish in fermented rice,…
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Dining, SFoodie The Most Americanized Sushi San Francisco Has to Offer

The Most Americanized Sushi San Francisco Has to Offer

This week's review was born out of a desperate curiosity to try the sushirrito. The day Sushirrito opened, offering a simple premise ― sushi + burritos ― it was overwhelmed by swarms of FiDi diners. Was the sushirrito a stunt…
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Dining, SFoodie Sushi + Burrito = Sushirrito (and Crazy-Long Lines)

Sushi + Burrito = Sushirrito (and Crazy-Long Lines)

First things first: If something isn't wrapped in or contained by a tortilla or grain-based flatbread of some kind, you really shouldn't call it a taco or a burrito. Namu, love those ssam things you call "tacos," but nori just…
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Dining, SFoodie Delica's Master Sushi Classes

Delica's Master Sushi Classes

Mikiko Ando, executive sushi chef of Delica Sushi Bar, has devised three hands-on courses to unleash the culinary warrior you didn't know is lurking inside. Sushi 101 (Jan. 29) explores various forms of maki and hand rolls; Sushi 102 (Feb.…
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Dining, SFoodie Who Makes This Sushi Roll?

Who Makes This Sushi Roll?

Sushi in San Francisco is not bound by tradition; a full palette of strange, rolled-up offerings await in the city's many Japanese restaurants. Can you name this wild sushi roll and the S.F. restaurant where this picture was taken? Answers…
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