Hime is it, says chaddict. If he didn’t live so far away, he’d be there constantly.
Hamachi sashimi with jalapeno and soy-garlic sauce ($11.20) is one of the best dishes. It’s got just the right amount of jalapeno and very light saucing. You have to get this one.
Kobe beef lettuce cups ($9.50) are not super Japanese, but taste seriously good nonetheless, filled with a warm, savory beef mixture. A dish called “Japanese Garden” ($12) is a terrific example of kaiseki cuisine: eight cold vegetable preparations, all distinct. The textures of the vegetables are sublime; even the yam tastes different, with an utterly unique texture. This is a huge dish–split it, or it’ll be most of your dinner (by no means a bad prospect).
Sashimi moriawase ($19.50) is quite a lot of stuff–fish, scallop, amaebi, and tempura prawn heads–served in a lit bowl filled with ice. Baked black cod with saikyomiso ($18.50) is cooked to absolute perfection–silky delicate, yet boldly flavored. It’s even better than the black cod at Ame.
Forty bucks a person before tip will get you enough food for a lunch’s worth of leftovers.
The place has a great vibe, and exceedingly friendly staff.
Hours: from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
5:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
Formerly Market Place Cafe
2353 Lombard St., San Francisco
Board Links: Hime’s menu