I had a great dinner at Ozumo on Saturday night - it does not get a lot of write-ups on this board, but the food was excellent.
Overall, Asian fusion food seems to be overwhelmed by the Western side of the fusion, and Ozumo was more on the side of Japanese food with some Western hints.
We got there at 5:30PM after a Giants game and had a great seat over the Embarcadero and the Bay Bridge. Some of the highlights of the meal were:
- Smoky, tasty robata: the grilled vegetables, especially the bamboo shoots, were perfectly done. Veggies are tough on a grill, and these ones all had their own sauce
- Presentation was excellent with realy Japanese-style plates
- One person requested aji off the menu, and they prepared it raw mixed with scallions. It was perfect. They then took the head/bones and deep-fried it so we could eat the bones. Just like Japan!
- we only had one piece of sushi, but the hamachi roll was great. One comment was that the rice was too weakly flavored, and sushi does not seem to be too strong there
- We asked them to make us ochazuke (tea with rice) at the end off the menu, and the chef made a great ochazuke. In keeping with the other meals, he added Western hints to a Japanese dish while preserving the original Japanese style.
We had a couple of bottles of sake for the four of us, and it all came to about $100/person. It definitely was pricey, but I've paid $100 for a lot less at other restaurants.
The service was attentive and polite, and the restaurant has a nice spacious feel. Usually, fusion food disappoints, but Ozumo was excellent.