Special combo 5 – Tokyo Express

Special combo 5 - Tokyo Express
Nigiri sushi, Tokyo Tower roll, and Spicy Tuna roll. $15
Tokyo Express, San Francisco CA

The nigiri was disgusting! The fish was not fresh and the sushi rice was grossly sour. They should really automatically provide you with wasabi, ginger, and soy sauce to disguise the low quality of their raw fish and to help you actually eat it. Gross! The sushi rice in the rolls was also very dry. This was a horrible lunch especially since it’s over priced for what you get. #fail

Caterpillar roll & Crunch California roll – Tokyo Express

Caterpillar roll & Crunch California roll - Tokyo Express
Caterpillar roll: shrimp tempura, sliced avocado on top. Crunch California roll: tempura crunch, crab salad, avocado, cucumber. Wednesday Daily Special $10.99
Tokyo Express, San Francisco CA

This definitely wasn’t the best sushi by any means, but it was passable and priced pretty cheaply for the FiDi. The rice was kinda dry and the rolls weren’t very flavorful, but it was a welcomed change from my usual lunch spots.

Side salad an miso soup - Tokyo Express
Served with side salad an miso soup.

Afternoon snacks – Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel

Afternoon snacks - Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Assorted sushi, soy chicken, pumpkin dumpling, Shanghai soup dumpling, shrimp dumpling. Complimentary in Executive Lounge
Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel, Beijing CHINA

Again, the Renaissance had a great variety for afternoon snacks as well. Nothing was spectacular though, and actually everything was on the dry side. I did like the fried dumplings because they were prepared to order.

Fried dumplings - Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Fried dumplings.

#29 roll – Ebisu

#29 roll - Ebisu
Yellow tail, salmon and shrimp wrapped with soybean paper, deep fried, with tuna outside. $13
Ebisu, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

This was actually decent for airport sushi. The fish wasn’t the most fresh but I liked the combination of ingredients. I’ve also never had a fried roll that was then wrapped in more rice and tuna – pretty cool.

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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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.