Akiko's Restaurant

431 Bush Street San Francisco, CA 94108
13/14
Rating
Visited in December 2019
Japanese
$$$

With little distinguishing it from the next-door Irish Pub, the unmarked and low-key Akiko’s Restaurant is a spot you won’t want to miss. Akiko’s Restaurant, not to be confused with Akiko’s Sushi Bar is a high end sit-down sushi bar located on the corner of Bush and Mark.

I first came to Akiko’s three years earlier after hearing about it’s high quality salmon nigiri and was impressed with assortment. I returned this time to try out it’s omakase. Reservations are a must for Akiko’s as the restaurant books up usually a week in advance. It does have some rare occurrences of walk ins, usually do to cancellations.

The Omakase was split into two parts, the kitchen appetizers and the nigiri course. The kitchen appetizers was an 8 course foray into the creative mind of Akiko’s head chef Chris Massad. The course included such commonplace dishes with a twist such as the chawanmushi with uni, sashimi of ebi, chutoro and clam to much more experimental dishes as the Lobster and Truffle Tartine or Oyster shot. I never could pick a favorite out of them, but the most surprising would have to be the Rice Cracker with Ikura on top. It looked super simple, but turned out really good.

The second portion, the Nigiri set came with 8 samples of Japan’s finest imports from the acclaimed Tsukiji Market (Toyosu most likely now-a-days since Tsukiji’s closure). My favorites from this set were definitely the Chutoro nigiri and the scallop nigiri. The scallop and buri nigiri had an unexpected spice to them that was well received by me and my seatmates who had it themselves.

Akiko’s is probably my favorite sushi spot of 2019; the price, quality and enjoyment of the meal came no match. I highly recommend a visit to try the omakase or chef’s choice menu.

My Order

Omakase
$150.00
14
Rice Cracker with Ikura
14
Oyster Shot
14
Caviar with Fried Potato
12
Ikura and Foam
11
Lobster and Truffle Tartine
14
Smoked seafood puree
13
Fried Black Cod
12
Chawanmushi
14
Ebi, Chutoro and Clam
14
Tachiuo Sashimi
14
Ankimo
14
Otoro Nigiri
14
Buri
14
Isaki Nigiri
14
Scallop
14
Santa Barbera Uni
12
Kasugodai Nigir
14
Chūtoro Nigiri
14
Anago Nigiri
14
Green Tea Ice Cream
12

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