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Japanese Dinner & Sunday Brunch Guidance

Tohono Rat | Sep 25, 200908:31 PM

I will be in SF for work and want to take advantage of my little bit of free time to..... EAT! I am looking for some suggestions for two meals and I will try to be as specific as possible....

The one main restriction is location/transportation. I will be staying at an oh so lovely SFO airport hotel (can you taste the sarcasm?) and I will not have a car. So, I am somewhat restricted to using BART and/or taxis. I had originally though of Chef Panisse but it getting there seems to be way too much hassle given my limited time. Therefore, I think San Francisco proper is my geographic zone.

The first meal I am looking for is a Saturday night dinner. I am leaning toward sushi/Japanese. I am from the desert and really good fresh seafood is a real treat. Although I will be eating with a co-worker who has not had much sushi (but is fairly adventurous), I have eaten at some very good sushi/Japanese places (Nobu many times, Sushi Roku and Okada in Las Vegas, etc.). I am looking for the real deal.... no California Rolls.... Monkfish liver, premium toro, sweet shrimp and things I have never even heard of are more my cup of tea. I don't want to break the bank, but $100ish per person before booze would be fine. SO.... my question (FINALLY!) is: Would Kiss Sea Food be a good fit? If so, are there any particular "signature dishes" that should not be missed? If not, is there a better alternative?

Second, Sunday brunch/lunch. I don't mean one of those huge brunch buffets that scare the bejeezes out of me. It could be as simple as a couple amazing pieces of toast with some house-made jam or as fancy as.... well... fancy. Is there a place for really good cioppino (the kind made from scratch with whatever seafood is particularly good that day)? Is there a bakery with not to be missed pastries?

Finally, is there a place that is so good that I should scrap these ideas? I value food that simply presents high quality ingredients and reflects the place I am visiting. I don't care if it is a hole in the wall or a world-reknowned restaurant. The food is the thing.

Thanks in advance for your advise and for wading through my ramblings.

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