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Monday, July 13, 2009

ICHI Sushi Travels to Bender's for Happy Hour

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 2:38 PM

click to enlarge Bender's Bar - REBEKAH T. VIA YELP
  • Rebekah T. via Yelp
  • Bender's Bar

Why cook when you can let someone un-cook for you? Try "recession-proof sushi" with an "adventurous" crowd from ICHI Sushi tonight from six to nine p.m. at Bender's (806 S. Van Ness at 19th Street).

Bender's is an unassuming, at-times rocking watering hole favored by hospitality industry peeps. Oh yes, there will be sake. The Bloody Mary, with sausage stick, or tap brews also offer liquid refreshment. ICHI's happy hour prices are low enough to allow for adventure: Rolls cost $4 and are six pieces each. Roll it any which way: Salmon avocado, spicy California (spicy crab, avocado, and cuke), tuna, and more. Nigiri comes in two pieces and costs $3; maguro (tuna), sake (salmon), shiro maguro (albacore), kani (crab legs), and inari (stuffed tofu pocket) round out the list.

ICHI Sushi was the winner of SF Weekly's "Best Traveling Sushi" award this year, and is tonight manned by newlyweds Tim and Erin Archuleta. Tim was a sushi chef at Tokyo Go Go for 13 years and Erin manages the business ops. Erin confirmed to SF Weekly that the traveling sushi idea started at the request of their bartender friends. "It's a good way to see people since we do catering so much," she said.

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