I will be visiting San Francisco for the weekend of July 12-14. A little known benefit that the West Coast has over the East Coast is the ability to get Asahi Kuronama, a black beer brewed in Japan and distributed in California. In my opinion, this is a great beer (see my recent post on the topic here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/528842) and one of my goals for my visit it to make sure I get some Kuronama.
Through Google, I’ve found two restaurants in SF that supposedly have Asahi Kuronama: Murasaki and Koo. I see that both have favorable reviews on this board, and the $80 omakase at Koo (described here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/36989) sounds pretty good.
So, could I please get your help in picking one of those, or maybe you know another place in SF that has Asahi Kuronama? (Does anyone know a liquor store that has it?)
Selection criteria, in order of importance:
1. Asahi Kuronama
2. Quality of fish (and rice!) and preparation
3. Bonus points: special fish and dishes not widely available
4. Bonus points: shishito peppers
Rolls are not important to me, and for this trip price is not a factor.
I’m flexible on which day or night I go (Saturday, Sunday, or Monday), so please let me know if you recommend one over another, and whether reservations will be required.