Sebo’s decided to change up its game, and now serves izakaya on Sundays. It turns out, the restaurant’s just as talented with the grilled, baked, and fried pub fare as it is with sushi. A few Chowhounds dropped by for the first izakaya night: Favorites include some home-style classics, like bitter melon with egg, and daikon. The outstanding dishes of the first night were grilled fish collar and marinated eggplant, says felice. And the kakuni is the best version she’s ever had, including in Japan. “[M]ost are overly seasoned, only to be eaten with rice, or not fatty enough. This version was soft, melty, and perfectly salty-sweet.”

shortexact is a natto junkie, and he particularly dug the inari yaki—grilled inari with natto, topped with green onion. His favorite part: two homemade tamago yakis. The tamago is firm yet lightly juicy. “These are among the very best in the Bay Area that I’ve tried; it gives the tamago from Kitsho in Cupertino a run for its money. … Totally subtle, complex and a work of art.”

Prices are pretty great, given the quality of the food: $5 to $8 a dish. The menu will change quite a bit every night.

Sebo [Hayes Valley]
517 Hayes Street, San Francisco

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