Sushi Time!

It was pretty cold out, so I thought I wanted some udon noodles. So we started looking for some new and different japanese spots. I found Sushi Time so we headed up to the Castro to check it out. This place is so cool. It’s on a lower floor and it’s teeny weeny. It almost feels like you’re walking into a secret spot in Tokyo, even though I’ve never been to Tokyo. It just feels right! It’s just a sushi bar and some tiny little tables. The place is just one narrow strip. All the staff is super friendly. It felt like I was going back to an old favorite haunt. It’s just comfortable. Even though it was teeny, we lucked out and got two spots at the bar without waiting.

I felt like I needed some greens so I got the organic tofu salad. It comes with mixed mesclun greens with a garlic soy sauce dressing. This thing was perfect. As long as you like big hunks of tofu, then you will like this. The dressing is not overpowering and it adds a nice touch to the greens and especially to the tofu, which is just plain tofu.

J wanted to try something different, so he got the hamachi kama which is grilled yellowtail collar. Man, when this thing came out, I could see the terror in his eyes. Ha! It was just a big hunk of fish collar, with skin, and even with the gill. He’s skittish about food that looks this “real”, so at first, he was terrified. Once the skin was removed and he tasted this thing, he loved it. Oh this was just a terrific piece of mildly smoky grilled fish. It came with just a little bit of a soy-based dipping sauce. You know fish is good when you can just grill it without any frills and it just tastes great. He also ordered a kamikaze roll with yellowtail, avocado, scallion, and topped with tobiko. This roll was particularly big and tasty!

I got two awesome rolls. The first was the astro boy roll with spicy scallop, mango, cucumber, and topped with tobiko. This roll has a little bit of everything… spicy, sweet, savory. And it all just works really well together. And the scallops were marinated with some spice, but their sweetness still came through. And you’d think the mango would be a bit odd, but it’s actually great in this. The sweetness of it just works. The other was spicy walu roll with butterfish, avocado, a little spicy stuff, and little sprouty green things. Oh man, the butterfish was so great. And well… it indeed was buttery soft and melt-in-your-mouth! I just loved both of these so much. The freshness of the ingredients was beyond noticeable.

It’s my new favorite sushi place in San Francisco! Seriously! I just loved the vibe of the place. It was not expensive at all. The ambiance is just homey and intimate, not fancy or snooty. After all, it is in a basement!

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