Rice bowl – Onigilly

Rice bowl - Onigilly
Soboro (ginger-honey braised ground beef), unagi (broiled fresh water eel with sweet bbq sauce), and salmon (grilled Scottish salmon with shio koji sauce). Organic mixed greens, edamame, pickles. $10.11
Onigilly, San Francisco CA

I liked the fillings of this rice bowl, but it just wasn’t enough food to fill me up for lunch especially for costing more than ten bucks. It was mostly rice and salad. I thought the unagi and soboro tasted great though.

Graffiti mural, 24th Street Bart Station
Graffiti mural, 24th Street Bart Station.

Omakase – Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar, San Francisco CA

Wow, the nigiri served during my omakase were, for the most part, pretty amazing! The fish was fresh and melted in my mouth. The rice on my first offering was dry though and the cut of fish was gristly and tough to chew. My kampachi was just plain gross and I actually couldn’t chew through the piece. Some of the fish were also unevenly cut, but besides that they tended to be great. The ocean trout was especially good and literally melted in my mouth!

I tried labeling most of the nigiri below, but I’m not sure how accurate my memory was with the identifications. Please correct me if I’m wrong with any of them.

They also brought me the wrong beer, but didn’t charge me for their mistake so I got a free glass of beer out of it. I appreciated that they took responsibility for their mistake and comped the beer. Good job!

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Maguro, big eye tuna.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Isaki, three line grunt.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Kinmedai, golden eye snapper.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Kampachi, Hawaiian amberjack.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Umi masu, ocean trout.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Tsuri aji, Japanese horse mackerel.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Ao ebi, Caledonian shrimp.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Hotate, scallop.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Shima aji, Japanese striped jack

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Tai, Japanese sea bream.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Saba, mackerel.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar

Henhouse saison beer - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Henhouse saison beer. $6

Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
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Soy sauce ramen – Ramen Underground

Soy sauce ramen - Ramen Underground
Basic toppings with bbq pork (1 slice), green onion, mushroom. Add chasu, boiled egg, and spinach. $13.95
Ramen Underground, San Francisco CA

I think this ramen is kinda expensive for a regular lunch. Once you add extra toppings, and tax and tip, you end up spending more than fifteen bucks for a bowl of soup! The quality has also gone downhill. The charsu pork slices were tiny and torn up – very sad. I don’t think it’s worth it any longer to wait in the ridiculously long line for this food.

Saints Peter and Paul Church
Saints Peter and Paul Church.

3 rolls lunch special – Passion Fin

3 rolls lunch special - Passion Fin
Spicy tuna roll. Alaska roll: salmon, avocado and cucumber. Honey Boston roll: shrimp, cucumber, avocado, asparagus, romaine lettuce with honey wasabi sauce. Served with miso soup. $12.50
Passion Fin, Merrifield VA

This wasn’t the best sushi ever, but it was a great value. I wasn’t a fan of their sushi rice (it was really dry and hard), but I liked that you got to choose 3 different rolls to try out. The Honey Boston roll was a nice combination of ingredients. And their miso soup hit the spot!

Miso soup - Passion Fin
Miso soup.

Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park VA.

Sauteed foie gras and grilled eel – Morimoto

Sauteed foie gras and grilled eel - Morimoto
Sake meyer lemon, asian pear, sansho pepper. $26
Morimoto, Philadelphia PA

Wow, this was delicious! Very rich, but delicious and interesting to eat. The foie gras and eel were perfectly cooked, but what really interested me was the sake meyer lemon jelly blobs. They were bright and fresh and really helped to cut the richness of the proteins. The Asian pear added crunch so you got a perfect bite with all the components together.

Ice rink at Philadelphia City Hall
Ice rink at Philadelphia City Hall.

Morimoto sashimi – Morimoto

Morimoto sashimi - Morimoto
Five assorted sashimi with seven sauces. $25
Morimoto, Philadelphia PA

I’m gonna start by saying that this sashimi assortment was very good. Everything was fresh and tasted great, and all the different sauces were fun and so different. As for the front desk, I thought they were a mess. I had a reservation but still had to wait 20 minutes only to be sat at an empty counter (as you can see from the pic). Ok, I don’t see why I couldn’t have sat immediately there, but I guess they like to give the illusion that their restaurant is uber exclusive and SO busy. Um, you have an empty counter so you’re not THAT busy and you should just seat it! I hate fake exclusivity.

Sushi counter at Morimoto
Empty sushi counter at Morimoto.

Independence Hall
Independence Hall.