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Okoze, I'm sold

Z. Williams | Mar 20, 2006 02:34 PM

I enjoyed eating at the restaurant Okoze on Union & Hyde so much that I came back there to eat with my girlfriend on Sunday night.

Saturday Meal:

Step 1#: Green Salad with Ginger Dressing
Survey Says...: Good, dressing was standard but the assortment of greens (bitter included) left it a cut above the competition

Step #2: Nameko Miso Soup
Survey Says: Absolutely Delicious. Not the thin watery crap that you get at your run of the mill sushi place. Clearly thick and substantial miso paste is mixed with flavorful nameko mushrooms and spongy inari strips.

Step #3: Omakase Sushi
Survey Says: Very Good. With the exception of what felt like a bone in the [I believe it was] triggerfish, everything was exceptionally fresh. A special highlight was the fresh wasabi.

Step #4: Green-Tea + Strawberry Mochis!
Survey Says: Packaged, good gluten texture but taste was [more or less] artificial

My girlfriend-
Step#1: Green Salad, same as above.

Step#2: Nameko Miso
Survey Says...: She doesn't like inari. Aside from that, she enjoyed the miso and the nameko.

Step #3: Seared Tuna wrapped in nori + flash fried
Survey Says...: very tasty. A little unusual, haven't seen them before, but good nonetheless

Step#3: Toro Sushi
Survey Says...: Two pristine slices. Ca suffit.

Step #4: Uni Sushi
Survey Says...: Little wet tongues with the texture of really soft butter. As good as it gets.

Step #5: Ama-ebi Nigiri
Survey Says...: Word. I've noticed every restaurant now seems obligated to serve tempura fried shrimp heads. Both the nigiri and the shirmp heads were absolutely delicious

libation du jour: A medium-dry sake. Very good. I can't remember the name but I think it ended in a vowel.

Sunday Night:

[Disclaimer] I had eaten some chili and a chicken sandwich at Joe's Ice Cream around 3:30 pm so I wasn't that hungry.

Step #1: Green Salad + Miso
Survey Says...: Once again, Z like.

Step #2: Tori Teriyaki
Survey Says...: Delicious. Chicken coins wrapped around al dente asparagus in a non-sweet teriyaki sauce served with red ginger (don't know if it was died or not but it was potent). The dish came with a side dish of wakame and rice which I promptly mixed together with some wasabi and a touch of soy. All very good

My girlfriend-
Step #1: Nameko Miso
Survey Says...: I took her inari.

Step #2: Two Types of Spicy Roll
Survey Says...: Very good, spicy tuna w/wakame and spicy scallop roll. Fish and scallop still tasted fresh. There is an actual spicy roll section of the menu.

Step #3: Ama-ebi
Survey Says...: Tonight the ama-ebi was covered in flying-fish roe. Still very good.

Step #4: Green Tea Mochi
Survey Says...: I still don't like the artificial flavor but the texture is very nice.

libation du jour: a slightly drier sake then the previous night. Again very nice but can't remember the name. I think it ended in a vowel.

ONE LAMENT: If Okoze had Ariake's Live Scallop w/ponzu preparation, it would undeniably be the best sushi restaurant in San Francisco, foodwise. The decor is pretty nice, as well. It looks a lot like the casual cousin to Nobu.

WORD TO THE WISE: Take a taxi, bus, or cable-car to the location. Parking is hellish.

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