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karaoke sushi at midnight

Windy | Jul 2, 200501:49 PM

I got my hair cut yesterday, and my barber recommended a good and cheap sushi bar in the Castro that was open really late and had access to a full bar.

Around 11:30, we found ourselves at Lone Palm, the second or third stop of the evening, and started to get hungry again. Somebody consulted out a Treo and called Osaka, which we'd heard served late. Unfortunately they were closing in 20 minutes. In the old days Kabuto was open till 2 or 3 on the weekend, but that was years ago, plus we were on foot.

So we took Wess' advice and tried Sushi Delight, on Market next to the Mint. They're open until 11 most nights and until 1 on weekends. It turned out to be perfect, and coincidentally Ray, the sushi chef, worked for Yo at the Voodoo Lounge and remembered me.

The sushi was excellent, fresh and flavorful. We shared a big bowl of age dashi dofu, a plate of assorted sashimi, an order of uni, and chirashi. Creamy albacore, lightly marinated salmon, and barely smoked saba (mackerel) were highlights. Age dashi also hit the spot, warming us up from the fog as the bonito flakes quivered in the broth. Our waitress recommended hamachi toro for next time. (The menu also lists very reasonable catering prices; deluxe sashimi is 24 pieces for $22.)

We shared a bottle of Taru sake, the only real disappointment. Total came to $57 for two including a generous tip. Service was very friendly.

Much of their business comes from the Mint through the swinging door connecting the places, and yes, you can hear the singing. Wess pointed out that you can take advantage of The Mint to order real drinks with your sushi, but we'd already had enough of those before turning to fish. A crowd was applauding to a couple singing "Night Fever" as we left, resisting an impulse to do the hustle.

Don't forget to ask for a frequent diner card (15% off after each $100 spent). They're open for lunch too, and while it's hardly fancy, Sushi Delight serves a great midnight snack. We walked back over the hill contented.

Sushi Delight
1946 Market @ Duboce
415 621-3622

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