Ijji Sushi

  Outside Japan, it‚Äôs 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… Continue reading Ijji Sushi


I learned a new word at Okane: ippin. It means small dishes or plates ‚Äî ¬†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… Continue reading Okane


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:… Continue reading Samurai


A sign. It‚Äôs 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‚Äôs situated between two hotels. Yes, it occupies a prime position between happening Steuart Street and the Embarcadero. Yes, it‚Äôs stylishly modern,… Continue reading Ozumo

K’s Kitchen

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