Sushi >Tsunami Mission Bay
301 King St # B, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410737.775903 -122.394193
Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-12am
Neighborhoods: Mission Bay, Central East
Expensive average food – We went there for an early dinner before a Giants game; didn't know that their happy hour is from 5:00p to 7:00p Monday to Saturday. We were told that we had 40 minutes to order maki and bottled sake at half price. Unfortunately, we're not Sake drinkers. The music was kind of loud and so were the people. Tables were spaced close together. The service was okay. Most of the fish was fresh, but pretty pricey.
- Hamachi stuffed shiitake: the fish was so fishy that we couldn't eat it. The tempura wasn't nearly as crispy as the waitress had described.
- Tuna carpaccio: the fish seems fresh, but it's difficult to tell because it was drenched in turffle oil.
- Kobe beef tataki: the meat was slightly tough and not marbled like Kobe beef should. The seasoning was well balanced and interesting.
- Tekka maki: fish was fresh but very little
- California roll: surprisingly that the crab meat was NOT imitation and it was good. Gave them an extra point for that.
- Hamachi and Avocado maki: fresh fish, just the right amount of rice and thinly sliced scallions on the outside. My favorite of the evening.
- Hamachi nigiri: fish was fresh, but again very little of it
Our waitress was nice enough to give us half off of the Hamachi stuffed shiitake, since we mentioned to her that it was very fishy. A quick dinner for two with a bottle of wine ($35) was over $120, even at happy hour. Most likely we won't go back again.
Mission Bay sushi house offers an Eastern twist. – There's no question that Mission Bay (the neighborhood) is expanding at a rate not normally seen in SF--mostly with high-rise real estate and offshoot locations of other-SF business like Amici, Philz and the like. Tsunami Mission Bay, a sister restaurant to the popular sushi eatery on Fulton and Divisadero streets, is a part of this growth, offering a décor that's equal parts modern Japanese restaurant and trendy power lunch destination: the long sushi bar is made of light wood "bricks," a pillar of empty sake bottles acts as a centerpiece to the light-filled dining room and funky woodblock-like prints adorn the walls. Lunch brings an assortment of combos named after Japanese punk bands (who knew Shonen Knife could be as pleasing to the taste buds as they are to the ear?), while dinner is all about uber-fresh sushi cuts and creative rolls. And since real estate on those fancy Mission Bay lofts isn't selling as quickly as planned, you can actually get in here without a wait.
Editorial Review – NoPa's sushi fave Tsunami gains a second location for fresh fish and sake in this decadent Mission Bay space.
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