for years i've had many wonderful meals at koo in SF. unfortunately, i am not terribly familiar with other sushi restaurants in the city. i want to treat a friend to a sushi dinner for his birthday, but koo is closed until june 7th, which makes planning a dinner with a few more friends a bit more difficult around the birthday boy's actual birthday.
so i'm trying to think of alternatives. i've been throwing around sebo and sushi aka tombo in my head. maybe kiss, but its been so long since i've been there.
i want to tailor the meal to my friend's taste, while leaving room for my own. he loves mackerel. i think its delicious when it is fresh, and inedible when its less so. but recently when he tasted kohada, which i think is fairly similar (strongly flavored, oily, not unlike herring, anchovy, sardines), but to me, better, he just shrugged and said, "it's like mackerel." well yes, but...ok! he likes maguro, and i don't think he's had nice toro yet, but tuna in general is good. he likes scallops. he isn't terribly adventuresome but i think that given the option of nice fish for free on his birthday, he'd try a lot of things he usually wouldn't. he likes spicy tuna rolls. i don't. usually.
i think he would really like the aji sashimi prep at koo, which also comes with the skeleton deep fried into what should probably replace popcorn as the snack of choice in movie theaters worldwide (yes, korea, its even better than that toasted dried squid!).
i usually like really simple and fresh sashimi and nigiri. i'm not opposed to american style maki rolls, but they just don't really appeal when they have five kinds of fish, are deep-fried, slathered in spicy mayo with tiled avocado armor. i want a place in SF that has GOOD fish, but might also serve up more creative or outlandish preps.
i know i should just be diving into the threads, but i hope you all can help with suggestions for both a more or less traditional sushi experience and one with a bit more western flair without skimping on the quality for either approach.
right now i'm still looking at koo for an alternate date but also sebo, sushi aka tombo and...well that's it for right now. help? thanks! oh and places that consistently have really good saba.