In my nascent quest to eat, review, and post about (most) of the restaurants near my house (on and around Hyde Street in Russian Hill), I stopped by Okoze the other day for the first time. At 6:30pm on a Wednesday, there was only one other person besides us. It was about half-full when we left.
The room is nice and comforable. Warm, muted tones, in a minimal setting with a smattering of inoffensive Z-Gallery sconces (oxymoron? probably). Seemingly disparate 70s reggae played overhead.
We got menu recommendations from the waitress. She kept it fairly simple and straightfoward, which is good since my wife isn't as adventurous as myself. I did get her to try a deep-fried sea urchin app, which was recommended by our waitress. It was wrapped in shiso leaves, surrounded by some pickled vegetable??? and very very good.
We ordered a couple rolls and a few nigiri. Rolls were all good save one with Snow Crab, which just tasted flat. The nigiri were all excellent: generous slabs of fish, all fresh and buttery. The best by far was the Amberjack. Some of the best I've had, with immensley more complex flavor than our bluefin tuna, hamachi, etc.
Total for 2 misos, 4-5 rolls, 4 nigiri, one app, 1 carafe of sake ($17) and one large Sapporo - $109 before tip. Great neighborhood place.