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Super Mira Market in San Francisco Japantown

Melanie Wong | Nov 15, 201409:07 PM     9

During an extended stint near Japantown, Super Mira and its variety of prepared dishes became a frequent to-go meal source in an area not known for quality or value. The market uses mostly organic ingredients and eschews MSG. At lunch time during the week, a limited menu of hot foods are prepared to order and there’s some indoor seating for customers.
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The pork katsu curry was pretty good. Made with Berkshire pork (kurobuta pig), the medium-hot curry gravy’s relatively straightforward without the depth of Muracci’s. But the cutlet’s better. It’s served over white rice and spiked with red ginger. The gravy has carrots and potatoes.
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A wide variety of tempura fried vegetables and shrimp are packed up for grab-and-go and they’re still warm at noon time. The pork gyoza, 5/$4.99, were excellent and they are freshly cooked and packed just before 5pm for after-work pick-up.
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My favorite things have come from the cold case. Hiyashi chuka (cold ramen), $8.95, and available on warm sunny days, featured firm skinny noodles, skillfully cut julienne of vegetables, egg omelet and boiled ham, bamboo, surimi, scallions, and a tart and zippy dressing with a dab of hot mustard to mix in.
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The sashimi plate’s a bargain at $9.98. Nothing unusual, just straight up good quality fish, expertly cut that can best many of the low-end sushi spots in town. This one had maguro, hamachi, scallop, ika, tako, and tai. The plate includes lacy daikon, cucumber, lemon slices, and carrot slices, as well as wasabi paste, ginger and a packet of soy sauce. If the case is bare, just ask, and the staff will prepare an assortment to order.
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I’ve also had the chirashi, $12.98, a few times and it’s generously packed with a bigger assortment of fish, as well as tamago and seaweed salad. The sushi rice is on the softish texture and milder side. It’s better than the scraps that some sushi bars serve for $20. My only gripe is that one soy sauce packet is not enough --- spoken as a soy sauce lightweight --- and there’s a 10¢ charge for an additional one.
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Things that I wouldn’t try again are the macaroni salad, salmon yaki, fish katsu rolls, musubi, and udon.

What are your favorites?

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Super Mira Market
1790 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-6529
http://supermira1790.blogspot.com/

(And don’t forget that Yasukochi’s Sweet Stop is located inside the store.
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