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Dreaming of Sushi at Roka Akor, San Francisco

21 Sep

Last weekend I watched (on Netflix) the excellent documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. The food looked so good I wanted to fly to Tokyo for dinner. That’s not so practical, of course. But I was able to have dinner at Roka Akor in San Franscisco. This was some seriously good Japanese food. In fact some of the best I’ve ever had. Dinner consisted of

  • Miso Soup with Wild Mushrooms
  • Crispy Fried Squid with Chili and Lime,
  • Robata Grilled Pork Belly with Marinated Golden Beets
  • Wagyu Beef and Kimchi Dumplings
  • Various Nigiri – Sake, Toro, Unagi, and one other I can’t remember
  • Japanese Style Fried Chicken with Smoked Chili Aioli

Before dinner I drank a “Saketini, Martini” (Hendricks and Sake) cocktail and with the food I drank Dreamy Clouds, Rihaku Nigori, unfiltered sake.

It was all really really good. And all for the fraction of the price of a plane ticket and dinner at Jiro’s restaurant. The Toro was especially good: perfectly sized pieces of “melt in your mouth” fish served at just the right temperature. The only disappointment was that there wasn’t room for a Wagyu beef steak.