IMG_1284I don’t eat a lot of raw fish for various reasons, but when I do and I’m in San Francisco, Kiji is the only place for me.

It’s a small, elegant restaurant tucked away in the Mission on Guerrero. Did I mention it was small? And it gets crowded but luckily they do take reservations. The menu is diverse and has an assortment of hot and cold starters along with a long list of rolls to choose from. For vegetarians out there reading this, they have a ton of stuff and it’s delicious.

We started the evening with the Hamachi Carpaccio. This dish alone is worthy of a visit. The thinly sliced yellowtail tuna literally melts in your mouth. It’s topped with a delicate spice, truffle oil, sea salt, and a thin sliver of jalapeno pepper. [Pictured at top]. The next item on our menu tour was the vegetable pan-fried gyoza. They were warm pockets of heaven and cooked to perfection.

The Valencia roll, tuna, avocado, and cucumber was delicate and fresh and topped with a spicy and tantalizing salsa. The veggie futomaki roll was for me the surprise star of the evening, with its smoky wood flavor of the gobo and shiso, it complimented the other vegetables without flaw.

There are a lot of sushi restaurants in San Francisco. I’ve tried more than I care to count and Kiji always comes out in the top two or three of my go-to spots. If you’re in the Mission, stop by, it’s worth the trip.

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Reservations Accepted: Yes via OpenTable

Food: 5 Paws
Service: 5 Paws

Overall Score

Rating 5 Paw

With love from my dog bowl to yours….Happy eating.