Buy the Sea (Sakana -- San Francisco, CA)
I've been on a sushi rampage lately. Just gobbling it up. A kid at the school I work at had a very famous case of mercury poisoning a few years back, so I figure why let him have all the fun? Am I right?
At any rate, we hit up Sakana last week after getting a recommendation from Melissa and Michael. We also read that it's popular among Japanese tourists and figured it was as good an endorsement as any.
We went on a weeknight and had no trouble getting in or getting a seat. We chose the sushi bar. I was in the inaugural stages of my cold so I wasn't extremely hungry. Even so, we showed up like the sluts we are.
We had the toro, or fatty tuna. We were told to order it no matter what the cost. Since no cost was listed, we just took our chances. Holy crap. This was incredible. Melty and succulent and the two pieces we got as nigiri were enormous. Worth every penny, whatever that penny would turn out to be. When we discovered it was only $10, cheaper than a night with the crack ho on the corner outside, we cursed our sorry asses for not ordering more.
Since I loves me my tunas, we also got a seared special. It was coated in sesame seeds, just barely seared, on a bed of greens with spicy spicy love juice on top. It was outstanding. This was followed by a "crispy roll" of tempura asparagus and shrimp, all smothered in my favorite, roly poly tobiko. This was really well done, and satisfying and I loved it. If you are looking for excitement, though, this is not the item to order.
We also had salmon nigiri, which was as fresh as any we've had. Plus the totally balls awesome part is that the Omakase works the wasabi into the rice when he's making the nigiri. As it should be, Mr. Sushi Man, as it should be.
Sakana quickly rose to be in my top 5 of Super Rockin' Kickass Sushi. All that plus a beer and some green tea? $32 before tip. Nice.
If you need me, I'll be working on my mercury poisoning.
"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art."