This is one of those restaurants I kept walking by and saying "I really need to check this out". Amasia is a great little locals spot with a nice, calm atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and attentive and the menu is chock full of sake and sushi options.
When you get settled down, the staff brings a big board of specials and reviews them for you, which is nice since I am not that "in the know" with my sushi.
We had quite a bit of food and some nice drinks here. My dining partner got a Sake overflowing in what I am told is a traditional box-shaped cup. I got a Sake tasting and asked the waiter to recommend some good ones, which he did. The price was definately right with the tasting.
We got some steamed Walu which was truly amazing and I would eat about 5 plates of that. We also purchased some fresh, raw tuna which was significant in size but really lacking in that fresh-off-the-fish taste. The tuna was not bad, just not to the quality we would have liked. We ordered Miso soup (pretty good) and the seaweed salad was the largest I've every received at a restaurant and was really delicious. We got the monkfish liver which was okay but not quite as fresh as it could be and the pieces were very large.. with the full-flavor of monkfish liver, I would prefer a smaller portion for a single bite piece of fish.
We also got a tuna roll which was just okay as again I think the tuna could have been a higher grade/better quality. The smoked mackeral Firecracker Roll was truly very spicy and delicious. I loved it but my dining partner's mouth was on fire (the spicier the better for me). We ordered the rolls last and that was a mistake. I do not know if this is common for all their rolls, but it did take a good 15-20 minutes to receive them. The waitperson did warn us it would take some time so we were prepared but if I did this again, I would order the rolls with the rest of the meal at the beginning.
Overall, this is a decent place. There is a lot to choose from on the menu so just make your choices carefully. If you are one of those people (like me) that loves all things tuna then this is likely not the spot for you. I may visit again since they are just down the street from me and I liked the staff there a lot but they have not become a go-to spot for me.
If you do go, I would recommend the Seaweed Salad, Steamed Walu and Firecracker Roll.
Amasia Hide's Sushi Bar
149 Noe St, San Francisco, CA 94114