252018Jan

Two Visits to Maruyama

Within a week I’ve been to Maruyama twice. It’s not only because I am addicted to sushi (well maybe), it’s because my camera ran out of batteries on my first visit. And what’s the best thing that can happen when you try a place a second time? Well, when things get better. Though I have to admit, repeating the same place in this short time frame was far from normal. I blame it on my friend’s Instagram feed. Her Maruyama visit looked much better than my first go at this…

232018Jan

Nightbird

Around the corner from the busy heart of Hayes Valley is Nightbird. A quaint little restaurant picked out by our friend. It was her birthday after all and lucky for us, she has a knack for finding great eats around town. This time the restaurant was a little American bistro headed by Kim Alter. It was an early Tuesday night so it was pretty empty, empty enough to take a few photos of the place. The lighting wasn’t too good for pictures, but it’s perfect for an intimate dining experience. That…

062017Sep

A Dash Reboot

I remember going to Dash when it was right across from the movie theater. Now it sits in core downtown San Mateo offering an upgraded dining experience with its larger space. My friends and I stopped by to check out all the changes. There’s much more room now and houses a larger sushi bar space for those who want to chat up the chefs. But if you want table service, there’s plenty of room for that. If you happen to find George behind the counter (not pictured), you’re up for…

212017Jul

6 PM Seating at Hinata

There are two things I love and one thing I wish they can do at Hinata Sushi. First, the quality of food at the price point for their omakase. You can’t find a new sushi restaurant focused on quality without charging you over $120, but this place does. And they do it without cutting corners. Just look at that fish below. Next, the atmosphere. When you first walk in and see the space, you’ll wonder why they don’t try and cram more tables in like every other place trying to survive…

302017Jun

An Evening of Izakaya in the Mission

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…

212017Jun

Four Weeks for Wakuriya

Once I got called back for my reservation request I was so damn gleeful. And yeah, that’s right, it was a reservation request. You call and leave a message for the days you think you can make it and they’ll call back to confirm. It’s not some automated response either. You get to talk to the host. That’s right, they call up each potential patron. Now if that was any indication on the level of service we were in store for, I knew we were in for a treat. After all, this…

282017Apr

Alba Ray’s

With what seems to be a shortage of Creole and Cajun food in the Mission, Alba Ray’s has become a welcomed addition. They have a family style meal where you can add smaller plates to sample. And actually their appetizers will give you a good range of their menu. It was almost tapas like, which was great. With our group of five, we covered most of the dishes we wanted to try. The price tag is a bit high. Very high for those who had these dishes in the South, but hey, this is…

212017Apr

A Taste of Hitachi Japan

Can you imagine a craft beer from Japan opening a gastropub in the states? In San Francisco of all places? A city where people flock to the latest micro breweries, eagerly anticipating a new flavor discovery. Well, Hitachino Nest Beer stepped up to the challenge. Not only did they bring their beers, but they brought food and ingredients from Hitachi, a city in the Ibaraki Prefecture. Their noteworthy gift, Hitachigyu, a well known brand of wagyu in Japan, and a cooking style that’s got people curious for a taste. One thing to note is that…

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