Mon – Fri 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Mon – Sat 5:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Closed on Sundays
On a reserved Halloween, I am dressed up as a sushi addict. With a chef robe, wasabi as my neck, soy sauce (low sodium, of course) dripping from my corner lip, and chopsticks in my left pocket (usually contains a calculator), I trek down memory lane and write about a hidden gem.
As a sushi addict and founder of SA (sushi anonymous), I craved sushi yet my recent financial advisor would think otherwise. Not wanting to settle for SPAM on a Friday night, my choice would be a neighborhood joint.
Despite the financial climate, it is still possible to enjoy great sushi at a budget. Located on a sliding slope in the inner Sunset, the husband-wife team of Paul and Ikuko have been serving vibrant dishes at neighborhood prices.
Opened since 1991, the restaurant name reflects their main target audience: students and staff from University of California-San Francisco.
Light wooden table, miniature spotlight, and a scenic nature painting all add to a cozy ambiance. All the times I have dined there, service is attentive in the thirty seat restaurant.
Once seated, a cup of carrot sticks are served. Dressed in a casual attire, the wait staff promptly takes the order. With my assortment of nigiri and rolls, the food arrives resembles a colorful canvas. Like a symphony, each sushi carries a special note and tone.
Nibbling on a few slices of ginger to refresh my plate, one bite into the buttery hamachi (yellowtail -$2.15) started the meal. The blushing red maguro (tuna-$2.15) has a great sea-sweet taste. For a taste of one of the oiliest fish, the saba (mackerel -$2.00) does the trick. Changing to a sweet note, the unagi (eel-$2.15) brushed with tangy sweet teriyaki glaze is worth another order.
The uni (sea urchin-$2.90) is my comfort food order. With a creamy nutty note, uni displays a fresh fishy acquired taste. With translucent meat, the ameibi (raw shrimp-$2.90) demonstates the goodness of raw seafood.
A mound of small eggs wrapped in nori creates the tobi (flying fish roe-$2.15). Known as the “dessert sushi”, the tamago (egg omellete-$1.80) rounded out a great meal.
You’re on a date (hot or cold date no matter) who happens to be a food snob,
Impress your dates w/ some sushi notes.
Not only is sushi delicious, but also has many health benefits. Generally, sushi is low in calories. Rich fish such as tuna, mackerel, and eel have less than 200 calories per 3.5 oz.
Mackerel and herring are oily fish known to be high in mega-3 fatty acids, which have been known in decreasing the chances of heart disease, stroke, and arthritis.
As an excellent source of protein and carbohydrates, rice is not only gluten-free but also suitable for diner with wheat allergies. Known to help prevent cholesterol deposits from building up in blood vessels, nori (seaweed) contains rich vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B6, niacin and C.
Aiding digestion and rich in vitamin C, wasabi also has antibacterial properties. Helping the body to fight colds and flu, ginger boost the immune system. Rice vinegar has been used to preserve food but also lowers the risk of high blood pressure.
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Served with fresh crispy seaweed, the make (sushi rolls) are great as well. Those who enjoy a taste of fusion Japanese food, the 49er, dragon, and tempura rolls are great picks.
Pairing well with the fresh raw fish, the hot sake (regular-$2.75) warmed my palate.
While there are a mile long list of Japanese restaurants in the city, patrons have returned mainly on the price along with quality.
Location matters. We Be Sushi is located just a few blocks away from UCSF campus and hospital. This is a great stream of business semester after semester.