From The Shota to Omakase, San Francisco already has a wealth of Michelin-starred sushi bars, and many besides of that ilk (Oma SF Station, Ken, Sasa, Kusakabe, An Japanese, or hip counterparts like Robin and Chisai Sushi Club, to name just a few). Now we have another. But it’s a familiar name to San Franciscans: Akiko’s. Read more →
Ju-Ni’s New Handroll Project: Raising the Handroll Game
Handroll Project opened May 18, 2022, in a lofty, minimalist space with murals from local artist The Apexer. A handroll restaurant was actually Lee and Truong’s original plan even before Ju-Ni, with their vision of a casual, “quick bite” kind of spot… Read more →
This Japanese Restaurant Casually Schools Patrons on Sake & Sushi: Pabu
Roughly eight years later, why Pabu remains one of our great “whole package” Japanese restaurants, complete with a (rare) master of sake, robatayaki, sushi bar and multi-room space offering a range of options from casual bar visit to full sushi, Japanese feast or robata dinners.
Chisai Sushi Club Is for Nigiri Fanatics & Novices Alike
My review of Chisai Sushi Club, with chef Erik Aplin and team taking over the long-beloved original Ichi Sushi space.
Top 5 Hit List of the Month: Restaurant Newcomers + Better-Than-Ever Favorites
Published October 7, 2021 at The Bold Italic: From two notable newcomers to three tried-and-true greats (one just reopening, one just gaining its first Michelin star) plus one bonus new bar, these are five top places to eat, feast and support now?.
6 Neighborhood Favorites to Support (& Feast At) Now
My latest article for The Bold Italic, published August 13, 2021 (my regular Bold Italic articles here), covers six neighborhood restaurants from fine dining Chinese splurge to vegan sushi destination worth feasting at and supporting now.
May Top 10 Bay Area Restaurants
My dining column in print and online magazine, Bob Cut (column details and my philosophy here; last month’s column here) covers standout (delicious) newcomers and longtimers worth supporting. I’m covering outdoor and indoor dining, takeout and delivery restaurants, all of which I’ve vetted, visited or ordered from, choosing the standouts:
5 Places to Dine in SF’s Japantown
My latest article for The Bold Italic, published April 30, 2021 (my regular Bold Italic articles here), covers 5 of Japantown’s best (the very first and one of only a couple Japantowns left in the nation):
February 2021: Top 10 Bay Area Restaurants of the Month
During the pandemic, our beloved dining and drink communities continue to struggle to survive, so my dining column includes takeout/delivery and outdoor dining standouts. This month we cover the gamut from Argentinian empanadas to Japan-worthy sushi. Read more →
January’s Top 10 SF Restaurants 2021
During pandemic, our beloved dining and drink communities continue to struggle to hang on, so my dining column includes takeout/delivery and outdoor dining standouts. Here are the best of this month (great to try anytime): Read more →