Sep 03

If You Want Fresh Fish, You Must Try Ryoko’s

Okay, where the hell have I been, I just realized that Ryoko’s been around for 23 years! How is it that I didn’t know about this gem in downtown San Francisco? WOW, if you haven’t been, you must give them a visit to try their fresh fish! Yes, this is my food alert, if you want impressive fresh sashimi, you must go to Ryoko’s! We went there on a Friday night, this place was super busy and there was a long line the entire time we were eating! Lucky for us,  we made reservations and we requested bar seating, we were about 20 minutes early and our seats we waiting for us! I have to admit that I was surprised, with about possibly 15 people waiting, they didn’t give away our bar seating, I think that some places would have thought they could just get away with making us wait for another half hour.

We noticed lots of specials on the board, some of the fish were from Japan. We love being adventurous so of course we had to ask our server for her recommendations off their board. We started with the smooth Ankimo, monkfish liver, and the Kakuni, braised sweet pork belly, which was served with mild spicy peppers. After tasting our appetizers, we were very excited to see what was in store for us. We then got our Jumping Tuna roll, featuring spicy tuna, cucumber, and shiso rolled and deep fried, this was good even though I am not a huge fan of deep fried rolls. We also had deep fried shrimp heads from our Amaebi order, the batter was light and the heads were sweet and crunchy!

And then the really good stuff came out, the nigiri and the rest of our rolls! The White Tuna Toro, Uni (Sea Urchin), Big Eye Red Tuna, Iwashi (Sardines), Hamachi (Yellowtail), Sake (Salmon), Amaebi (Sweet Shrimp), Spicy Scallop Roll with shiso & cucumber and the Spicy Golden Gate with spicy salmon, shiso, cucumber & flying fish roe! Ummm yes, I love the fragrant smell and taste from shiso and I had a lot this evening! After we ate all of this, we had to order another melt in your mouth White Tuna Toro, this fish was so buttery! We then asked our server for her recommendation for our last bite, the chef overheard us and recommended the Sanma (Pacific Saury). So to end our feast, we got the Sanma and as our friend put it, an order of Unagi (BBQ eel)  for dessert!

Everything we had were AMAZINGLY FRESH and I actually have no complaints, not even one!!!

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