Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Week 1 - Ichi Sushi

We'd been meaning to go to Ichi Sushi forever, it's quite close to us.  Walking distance, or it would be if we weren't so lazy.  To be honest, we'd heard so much about how great Ichi Sushi is, we were prepared to be disappointed.  In fact, it really is very good.

Tiny, cozy, and busy (and soon to open another larger location across the street, maybe?) and always hard to get a seat, from what I understand.  So, we went at 6:30 on a Tuesday, and only had to wait about 15 minutes.  (Pro tip - they'll take your phone number and text you when your table is ready, so you can go down the block and get a drink at El Amigo while you wait.)

The nigiri sushi was all of very high quality and expertly prepared.  The Toro was amazing, and the Uni was as good as it gets (I had two, since Nalani won't touch the stuff).  We also got a roll, the spicy scallop, which was very good, not overloaded and overblown, as specialty rolls so often are.  As our one hot plate we got the pork belly, which we agreed was unremarkable.

Service was friendly and welcoming.  We always get nigori (unfiltered) sake, and our server recommended we try something new.  She suggested the Kinka, a sake which, while filtered, is unpasteurized and therefore maintains much of the silkiness and sweetness of a nigori sake.  I have to say, it may be our new favorite sake.

Would We Go There Again

It's very good, and right in our neighborhood, so probably yes.  But if we were choosing any sushi place in San Francisco, for the money, we'd go to Kiss Seafood instead, which remains perhaps the finest sushi we've had anywhere.


  1. We went about a year ago after hearing how great it was. Meh. We both found it unremarkable and the service a little too full of Mission attitude. For great sushi near BH, our staple is Tataki South in outer Noe (but don't tell anyone) :)

  2. Thank you for coming in and giving us a try! — Erin from ICHI.