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Kitaro (spelling?)

Mike Zurer | May 2, 200009:31 PM

The sushi place on Geary near 25th or so... It has been mentioned here before, but I finally made it a week or so ago after "American Psycho" down the street at the Alexandria.

It was great. My new destination sushi place for the city. I presume it is only in SF (in the US anyway - please let me know if I am off-base) that there could be a wide variety of cheap sushi places. A semi-chain in We Be Sushi, Yum Yum Fish, a variety of "no name" places (some less cheap than others), and a whole host of places thaqt slowly work their way up to what I had always thought of as typical Sushi restaurants: Tons of wood panels, good fish, expect to fork over enough dough to get a dozen burritos.

Most of my experiences with the cheap places is that they were usually fine, sometimes very good. We Be Sushi always satisfies me if it sushi as concept that I am craving. When I want a more reliable melt-in-your-mouth tuna experience, I usually head to a place like Miyabi(Church near Market). For special treats, I go to Ebisu or other places, temper my appetite so as to avoid an $60 tab, and walk away very satisfied.

Enter Kitaro. At about the same prices, the fish there was a good as I get on the very best night at Miyabi, as good as Ebisu's best. Plus they have a bunch of rolls the likes of which I had never seen. Godzilla Roll was cubed tuna bound with a creamy wasabi paste, and then the whole thing tempura-fried. I presume this is inauthentic, but very delicious.

Atmosphere was very low-key, service was quick and attentive.

I will be back there. As soon as possible.


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