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Kiss Sushi – San Francisco

From a dinner in the past.

We were lucky to have the opportunity to experience Kiss Sushi with 2 regulars. Being with knowledgeable regulars seemed to be an essential component of experiencing Kiss at its best. To say that this is a tiny restaurant is the ultimate in understatement. Kiss seats only 12 people with the most coveted spots at the 5-seat sushi bar. Naka-san cooks and prepares everything himself. There is one only other server.  Naka-san is from Hokkaido and his cuisine is “country” in style, featuring fish from the cold waters of this northernmost of the major islands of Japan.

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Obviously we did not order and let him set the pace with an Omakase dinner. I am hoping my descriptions are accurate, but I apologize in advance for any mistakes.

 

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 A “salad” of bamboo, hijiki, lotus root and soy bean.


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Japanese pear, Herring Egg, Japanese Greens, Micro Shiso


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 Sashimi – baby striped bass, squid, toro, fluke, mirugai

 

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Hakusai – a layered terrine of Napa cabbage and minced tuna and baby striped bass in a white soy bean sauce topped with chives and pickled ginger flower

Now sushi – I really liked the proportion of rice to fish with the rice being the supporting component with the fish pristine.

 

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Back of the tuna marinated in soy for a couple of minutes


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Salmon Eggs


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 Aji – Horse Mackeral


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 Giant Clam

 

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 Chawanmushi – a silky smooth egg custard with halibut, snow peas, and ????

 

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Amberjack


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 Abalone with Abalone Liver


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 Saba


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 Uni


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 Naka-san referred to this as “Kimono Sleeve” – Fluke with Shiso, Rice and Plum

Kiss is not the haute cuisine Kyoto-style experience of Urasawa or our neighborhood sushi place Takao with its emphasis on “cooked” dishes. But if Kiss was in my neighborhood, it would soon become a favorite haunt – Japanese comfort food at its best. It is definitely a “find” and the company equaled the food. 

For another post on Kiss:

http://www.bunrab.com/yummychow/Reviews/SFReviewsFrameset.html?KissReview.html


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