After reading some Chowhound posts about Minako in the Mission, I suggested the restaurant for a Friday night dinner with friends. When we first arrived, I was skeptical because the outdoor sign said it was 'Organic Japanese Food', and I didn't think organic food could be that good. I've since been converted by Minako and no longer carry this bias. When we entered the restaurant at 8 pm, we were the only ones there - usually a telling sign that the food can't be good but I kept faith in fellow chowhounders and figured the word hadn't gotten out yet about this gem. Also, the neighborhood on one of the rougher parts of the Mission, but with daylight savings time an early dinner could be the key.
Once we sat down, we were all in for a real treat. Every dish was perfect, the attention to detail astounding. We feasted on light appetizers, gyoza, spicy tuna hand rolls, nigiri, sushi rolls, mackeral and more. The food was very good and very fresh. The presentation was delightful and the service and ambiance was homey. This restaurant is run by a mother and daughter team who make their customers feel at home. With beer, sake, and food to our hearts' content the bill came to $40/person.
Once the word gets out about Minako the lines will be forming so try it while it's still a secret gem!