A few months ago I was on Irving intending to try the ramen at Sozai. But I managed to miss the first seating and decided not wait in the cold. Instead I headed down the street to give Kitchen Kura a try, having heard about the homestyle, inexpensive meals offered here.
The $10.50 combo dinner starts off with a green salad and miso soup, shown here, plus an appetizer, ice, tea, and two entrée dishes.
The appetizer for the combo dinner is the kitchen's choice. This night, crispy, deep-fried tofu with a garlicky tonkatsu sauce was delicious.
I picked nanban chicken (with spicy sauce) and nishime (winter vegetables poached in dashi) for my two entrees on the combo. The marinated and breaded, boneless chicken was tasty enough but way too greasy and pretty salty. Dipped in the spicy chili-spiked tartare sauce, the fat quotient went off the charts. The simple, fat-free, simmered veggies (mostly daikon) tipped the scale in the other direction, hopefully unclogging the arteries and counterbalancing the death-by-chicken-and-mayonnaise.
This was a ton of food for the price. I suspect that one could eat quite well for not much money after figuring out what’s good on the menu. My server was very sweet and kept me well-supplied with hot tea.
What are ‘hounds favorites here? How’s the okonomiyaki?
1525 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122