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Kinjo opened a week ago. This is the venture from ex-Sushi Ran Chef and the owners of Ijji. Please report in if you try it.
Here's the press release:
San Francisco, CA/January 24, 2017 - Kinjo is now open in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood serving a traditional Japanese prix fixe omakase menu. The kitchen is headed up by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Takatoshi Toshi who has teamed up with Ijji Sushi co-owner and chef Bill Kong and co-owner Kua Chuang.
The debut menu is a $120.00 prix fixe and is the first in the United States to incorporate traditional edomae Japanese technique into a sushi style menu. The fish comes predominantly from Japan, often from the oldest fish company in Tokyo (130+ years). The table-focused omakase service offered at Kinjo involves exquisite choreography and affords the restaurant's guests a unique dining experience.. Guest/chef interactions are encouraged to facilitate a lively atmosphere. Once the prix fixe omakase menu has been ordered, it is possible at the end of the meal to then order select items on an a la carte basis.
Chef Toshi was most recently at Sushi Ran in San Francisco where, over 10 years, he was awarded a Michelin star, won first place for the United States in the 2015 Global Sushi Challenge and was awarded a gold medal at the 2014 World Sushi Cup in Japan.
Libations available at Kinjo include an engaging selection of sake, plus wine and beer from premier sources.
Highlights of the 46-seat minimalist dining room designed by Michael Brennan (known for Jardinière, Fleur de Lys, Farallon, Zero Zero, House Rules, Ijji and dozens more) in association with architect Grant Lee, include wood accents and a 16-foot hinoki topped and fronted sushi bar. There is also an eight-seat private dining space.
Kinjo is located at 2206 Polk Street, near Vallejo Street, in San Francisco, California. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. with specific seating times at 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. and then at 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. Neighborhood street parking is often an option. Reservations are recommended (required for parties of six or more) and available via the restaurant's website, www.kinjosf.com, and OpenTable.com. The telephone number is (415) 921-2222.
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