Shrimp and vegetable tempura and gyoza – Barracuda Sushi

Shrimp and vegetable tempura and gyoza - Barracuda Sushi
Served with jalapeno ponzu and sweet daikon ponzu sauce. Pre fixe dinner
Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love fried Japanese appetizers especially dipped in salty ponzu. The problem is that they’re usually on the small side and there’s never enough. Feed my belly! 🙂

Miso soup - Barracuda Sushi
Miso soup.

Ahi tuna nigiri – Roxy’s Cafe

Ahi tuna nigiri - Roxy's Cafe
Ponzu, watermelon ice, sprouting greens, grapes. 10-course chef’s tasting menu $75
Roxy’s Cafe, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I loved this little bright, refreshing dish! The ahi was beautiful and delicious and the other ingredients were fun and unexpected. I’m not sure what the greens were (some kind of creeping succulent), but they had a great texture and added a different dimension to the dish. The Apiaceae flowers were pretty and the ponzu helped join everything together. Noms!

de Young Museum
de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.

Tasting spoons – Saru Sushi Bar

Tasting spoons - Saru Sushi Bar
Four spoons $12
(left to right) Halibut – halibut tartare with grated lime, yuzu juice and Japanese sea salt. Kanpachi – young yellowtail with truffle oil, ponzu, garlic chips and scallions. Scallop – with cucumber sauce, yuzu and fresh wasabi. Ankimo – seared monkfish liver, spicy radish, scallions with garlic ponzu.
Saru Sushi Bar, San Francisco CA

These little spoonfuls were so fun and delicious, but I think $3 per spoon is a bit much. I do love that they all tasted so differently and had their unique flavors and textures. It’s hard to decide which was my favorite, but I think I’ll have to say it was the kanpachi because it had the most variety of taste and texture. The seared monkfish liver was a nice surprise. They were all very good though!

White yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium, Asteraceae)
White yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium, Asteraceae) mural, Church Street. This large, colorful mural is one of my favorites in the city because it has a botanical theme of course. I also think the little bee is cute, hehe!

Gyoza – Barracuda Sushi

Gyoza - Barracuda Sushi
4-piece Japanese pork dumplings with jalapeno ponzu sauce. Happy hour $4
Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA

Noms, gyoza are one of my favorites! The warm crispy wrapper and yummy pork filling taste lovey when soaked in the ponzu sauce. Yes, please!

Crazy bishop angel sidewalk stencil, Osage Street

Crazy bishop angel sidewalk stencil, Osage Street. I don’t actually know what this is a stencil of, but it looks cool!

Katsuo tataki – Miyabi Japanese Cuisine

Katsuo tataki - Miyabi Japanese Cuisine
Seared bonito tuna with bonito flakes and ponzu sauce. $10.95
Miyabi Japanese Cuisine, San Francisco CA

This was ok. I thought it was going to be a warm dish so I was a little disappointed when it turned out to be a cold one. It was also messy looking with all the toppings thrown on and there was way too much ponzu sauce everywhere.

Women's Building, 18th Street

Women’s Building, 18th Street. Another beautifully decorated building in the Mission.