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Pavement2112 | May 8, 200612:17 PM     2

The s.o. and I were headed back from Sonoma and stopped in Sausalito for a bit. They had some kind of fair there, and we checked out Sushi Ran.

I had heard only good things about the place, and we snagged a table by the door with no reservations. The sushi was excellent, but it was strange to be in a Japanese restaurant and not see any Asian people whatsoever. Marin, huh?

The food was:
Hiyayakko: the tofu was excellent (san jose tofu?) but the sauce was fusiony (peanut, miso, etc.) and the katsuo bushi was all ground up. Not sure if this is good or not, but it was different.

Squid tentacle: I was hoping for piles of fried tentacles, but we got long striaght tentacles arranged in a sun design around some aioili. Again, it was more fusiony than I expected, but still pretty good.

Sushi omakase: Again, excellent sushi quality overall- they told us the fish is flown over from tsukiji. the only disappointment for me was the shiso they put in between the fish and rice on 2 of the pieces. I was looking forward to umi no masu (sea trout?), but the shiso was too strong for the fish. The mirugai was awesome.

Various sushi: Negihama maki was solid. Fresh scallops.

We shared a cup of some special sake, and the whole bill without tip came to $82 or so.

If you go, just be aware that it is more fusion than classic Japanese food. Still, the sushi is excellent, and it's always nice to be somewhere warm in the evening.

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