Even before the self-inflicted disaster of Brexit, I dreamed of moving to San Francisco. It is places like Otoro Sushi, which help to reinforce that view.
It’s a mystery to me how we in the UK can live on an island and yet have relatively poor quality fish. Then, I discovered that we export our best catch abroad to countries which appreciate fish better. Coupled with relatively low levels of immigration of Japanese to the UK, this has meant that good quality sushi is hard to find, even in our capital city of London.
Otoro Sushi in Hayes Valley is a good example of the mid-level sushi restaurant, which we struggle so hard to replicate in London. They prove that you don’t have to take out a second mortgage to get high quality sushi.
On my visit, I went for a selection of nigiri to best appreciate the quality of Bay Area sushi fish. My selection included seared salmon, scallop, yellowtail, sweet shrimp and sweet eel. The only downer was that their supply of o-toro, the highest quality fatty tuna belly hadn’t yet arrived and so, I had to settle for chu-toro, the next grade down. One bonus is that they deep fry the head of the sweet shrimp, a crunchy delight.
Food: ★★★★★ Service: ★★★★☆ Ambiance: ★★★★☆ VFM: ★★★★☆ Overall: ★★★★☆
Price: Not the cheapest but good value for the quality of fish
205 Oak Street, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA, USA