Friday night and we were in the mood for food and drinks. So what comes to mind, Japanese food, izakaya to be exact. And with all the places catering to this fanfare, it was difficult to choose. But we knew we wanted, quality and the ability to venture out for round two for drinks. Enter Izakaya Rintaro, which is nestled in the Mission and within walking distance to many of our favorite bars like Butter and the Willow and whatever happened to Holy Cow. Is it still the local bar we all used to love? Judging from the lines forming outside, I guess not. Anyways, this was about eating.
Inside, there’s seating at the bar and booths for groups of four and tables for any parties larger. The place is full of energy with the wait staff taking orders and sending them to the kitchen, which we had full view of. “Those must be our drinks. What other table has beers and sake with one lone glass of wine?”
We sat in the booth and even though we were so close to the action, there’s plenty of room to get around. And most importantly, there was plenty of overhead space to disperse any escaping grill smoke. Yes, we won’t smell like a chimney after this.
We put in our order and the staff grouped our items accordingly, drinks, sashimi, skewers, unique dishes, katsu, then finally the udon. It seems we’ve developed a habit of finishing our izakaya’s with some form of noodle soup. Is this a normal thing yet? Kinda like getting miso soup at the end of your omakase. Yes/No? Well, either way, it was a great and filling meal made possible by the attentive staff. There were some memorable dishes, like the mackerel and chicken oysters, which will get us to come back for more. Hopefully we can cover the remaining menu, like the whole simmered fish, which they were out of that day. Oh, the one that got away. We’ll get you next time rock cod, next time.
82 14th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Verdict: Great quality dishes with a higher price tag of course. If that’s not a deal breaker, this is your place to be.