Since I moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles a year ago, I've been fighting a loosing battle to find a decent sushi restaurant. After a particularly boring sushi experience a week ago I vowed never to eat at another San Francisco sushi restaurant again...but first I had to try Ebisu. I've heard from numerous food blogs that Ebisu is "the best" and I had to find out for myself.
My boyfriend refuses to eat seafood so, last Sunday afternoon when I found myself hungry and alone, I decided to stop by for a roll or two. The place was all but empty and I took a corner seat and studied the menu. Being a student and, therefore, on a budget, I couldn't take any chances with what I ordered. So I stuck with my sushi safety-net:
Crunchy Roll: on the specials menu, shrimp tempura and crab.
Unagi Sushi: duh.
Miso soup: see Unagi description.
The Miso soup was standard but had these weird tasting crouton type things floating in around which I avoided.
When the waitress brought the Crunchy Roll I was dismayed to see that instead of seaweed, the roll was wrapped in what appeared to be lettuce. Once I tasted it though I completely forgot about the seaweed and wondered why more sushi restaurants don't use lettuce(?) in place of seaweed. This roll, which came as four large pieces, was very tasty and flavorful and it was only $6.95.
The eel was small and not sufficiently sauced...I love eel sauce!!! The fish was pretty bland and I wasn't impressed.
More than anything, my lunch at Ebisu (although better than my past S.F. sushi experiences) made me miss Los Angeles sushi bars even more. One would think that in a city as culturally diverse and bursting with fresh fish as S.F. you wouldn't be able to find a BAD sushi bar. Alas, I've found this to be very far from true.