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  Outside Japan, it’s rare to find a restaurant like Ijji. Think minimalist. Serenity. Ritual. Understatement. Precision. On a busy block on a busy San Francisco street, Ijji is almost invisible. Even if you’re looking for it, you could still miss it. No sign, no grand entrance, only a discrete iii on the Japanese curtains that […]

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I learned a new word at Okane: ippin. It means small dishes or plates —  Japanese tapas. Ippin defines dining at Okane, an izakaya restaurant. BTW, izakaya refers to a neighborhood, casual dining and drinking place in Japan. This small izakaya has just 46 seats plus an extra four at the sushi bar. If you have a taste […]

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Somehow, you don’t think of sushi in the middle of Mill Valley. OK, we’re wrong. Samurai serves up sushi as fresh as the freshest in San Francisco… or Tokyo. And as creative. And as tasty. It should. Chef Brian Kim learned his trade from sushi masters and brings that training to Marin.  And that’s not all.  Service: […]

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A sign. It’s a sign of a good restaurant when, in good times and bad, weekdays and weekends, winter and summer, the joint is full. At Ozumo, the joint is always full. Yes, it’s situated between two hotels. Yes, it occupies a prime position between happening Steuart Street and the Embarcadero. Yes, it’s stylishly modern, […]

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K’s Kitchen is sooo San Francisco. If you’re visiting City College or hiking Glen Park, plan a meal at K’s Kitchen. K, a.k.a. Ken Deng, exemplifies the San Francisco experience. He runs — ran—K’s Kitchen. Though Ken has moved on, K’s continues — a restaurant that serves gnocchi, foie gras & tiramisu… and he, himself, is a […]

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Let’s start with location, location, location. Yuzuki sits on the edge of a micro food zone in the Mission. Across the street, a branch of Tartine, considered by some to be the best bakery in the world. Down 18th Street, San Francisco’s favorite market Bi-Right. Across the street, Bi-Right Dairy, an ice cream dream. OK, that’s the setting. […]

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Shabu Shabu (TR: swish, swish) is a traditional Japanese hot pot. Almost-paper-thin slices of meat are swished through boiling broth and eaten with veggies fresh from the broth. The cooking is usually done by the diner at the table. Opened in late 2012, Shabuway is a perfect example of a traditional Shabu Shabu restaurant that you’d find […]

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