The menu at Izakaya Sozai is deceptively small, but before you know it, your table will be covered with skewers, raw dishes, and more fried things than you’ll know what to do with. Our favorites are the Nasu Dengaku eggplant with sweet miso, hamachi carpaccio with mustard miso vinaigrette and jalapeno, and the pork jowl skewers that are somehow meatier than a full pork chop. If you’re still hungry though, definitely get the chashu pork belly ramen.
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Dumpling kitchen makes excellent dumplings, from xiao long bao to pan-fried pork buns.
At Ebisu, in the Sunset, go with the fresh fish of the day off the board, or try the poke roll or 49er roll.
Stop by Holy Gelato in the Sunset after dinner or on a hot day for a few scoops of ice cream, including some vegan flavors.
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OMA San Francisco Station
Oma San Francisco Station in the Japan Center is an affordable entry into omakase.
Sunday at the Museum
Sunday At The Museum is inside the Asian Art Museum, but it's worth a trip on its own.
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San Tung is a Chinese restaurant in the Sunset with great chicken wings, but the entire menu is worth trying out.
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