Last night I went with a group of five to Deep Blue Sushi on 6th and Balboa in the Inner Richmond, SF. We walked into an empty restaurant, but a few other parties came in later.
This used to be Biru Biiru sushi, and I am glad to report that the new owner has kept some of the same ideas, improved the decor (and turned on the heat, finally- it used to be FREEZING in there). The nontraditional sushi was top-notch, the ingredients were all very fresh and all plates beautifully presented.
We started with a plate of vegetable gyoza and the "Volcano Salad." The gyoza were great, crispy, and had a spicy kick which was unusual ($5.25). The volcano salad is one of my dining companion's all-time favorite dishes: diced avocado with raw tuna mixed in a spicy sauce and black tobiko(?) ($7.95). The amount of fish in the bowl could not have been less than a pound, and it was amazingly tasty. We also had the "Spicy Girls" appetizer, which consisted of little slices of avocado formed into a dome, under which sat another pile of raw tuna mized with marinated onions, topped with tobiko ($6.50). YUM.
Then our rolls started arriving. Some of the group were more into specialty rolls, instead of the more traditional sushi, so we went with that this time. We ordered the Pay Roll (soft shell crab, snow crab, eel, garlic, cucumber, avocado and green onion - 12.95) and the Hawaii Roll, which had tuna, mango, crab and macadamia nuts, as well as the Poky Roll (spicy white tuna with yellow and purple onion - $6.95) and another special roll, the Cherry Blossom Roll (salmon, snapper, crab, and several other ingredients which I cannot remember this morning). All the rolls were unbelievably tasty, fresh, and clearly made very lovingly by a young talented sushi chef. One member of our group also had eel and hamachi nigiri, as well as the ikura with raw quail egg on top, pronouncing them "close to perfect."
The service was very good - friendly, kept refilling our numerous beverages, great recommendations, etc. The bill for 5, including Sapporo, was $114.00. The consensus in our group was that were this place anywhere else in the city, it would be packed to the rafters, but for some reason on Balboa it's empty. We were singularly impressed and will definitely be back.
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