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More Mediocrity in Upper Haight: Ginza Sushi and Dragon Eats

virtualguthrie | Feb 11, 201610:27 PM

Why can't we have some decent restaurants in my hood? WHY??!!

Tonight I tried the new Japanese restaurant Ginza Sushi for the first time. Based on the prices and some pictures I saw on Yelp of their other location I was expecting some pretty good sushi. It exudes mediocre. I tried a miso soup, spicy tuna roll and some various nigiri, hirame, hamachi, seared salmon belly, albacore and toro. Miso soup at a Japanese restaurant is like a turkey sandwich at a deli for me, a litmus test and a reliable indicator of the meal to come. Basically everything was just fine, nothing really stood out, it felt like I could be having this meal at any sushi bar anywhere, perhaps even an airport lounge. The spicy tuna roll was pretty mediocre, I like the Hirame prepared with shiso and the yellowtail was good too. None of the fish seemed particularly fresh. I also noticed that there was a bunch of pre-cut slices of fish in the display where I was sitting at the sushi bar. I've not really seen this before, seemed pretty odd and another indicator that I was not about to have a quality sushi experience.

Last night I tried the other new spot Dragon Eats. Bargain Vietnamese food. Seemed somewhat promising. I tried the pork bowl and the soup of the day. Soup was decent but seemed like something I could get from the hot bar at the local health food store. The broth was decent but the kale in the soup was overcooked, it obviously sits for a while. The pork bowl was a pretty small portion and together with the soup just wasn't enough food. Again, nothing special at all. I'll return and try the bahn mi but I'm not particularly hopeful about this place either. The amount of mediocre food in this neighborhood is astonishing. I get that the tourist trap vibe of the neighborhood lend itself to these types of places surviving but there's got to be some room for some decent quality neighborhood spots too. Hopefully the overpriced burger place will close soon and there'll be another opportunity for good eats here.

Ginza Sushi & Sake,
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