Umami

17 May

For dinner Sunday night while my friend Audrey was in town from Dallas, I decided to take her to Umami. I heard from numerous friends that they had some great Japanese food. I have to say given the overflow from the Bay to Breakers crowd, it was a little more “lively” than I would’ve anticipated on a Sunday night. I started out with a Faded Crane cocktail which was: vodka, muddled oranges, fresh lime and orange bitters. While this drink was quite tasty, I have to say that the Basil Koori was even better (Plymouth gin, elderflower liquor, Thai basil, apple cider, and fresh lemon). Maybe its that I love the freshness of basil, but this drink was one of the best I’ve had in awhile! Aud’s is a big fan of warm sake (I’m not into sake all that much), but she really enjoyed it.
We started out with miso soup and then moved on to our three delicious roll choices. We went with the very ‘traditional’ California roll, which tasted super fresh and was better than we could have anticipated. We also indulged on the “Buttercup” which was spicy tuna, asparagus, avocado, butterfish, tobiko and spicy aioli. This roll had a good combo of flavors but I would have to say that it wasn’t my favorite of the three we tried. My favorite roll was the Geki-Kara, and we chose at the recommendation of our bartender. It consisted of tempura shrimp, avocado, mango cucumber, spicy tuna, jalapeno, tobiko and eel sauce. The flavors all blended really well, but if you are looking for really spicy rolls, I think you’re going to be a little disappointed by the offerings of Umami. I like my spicy tuna rolls to be a bit more on the spicy side, and I was feeling like there was more Umami could’ve offered.
When looking around at the orders of fellow patrons, I was bummed that I didn’t order one of their seaweed salads and the sliders also looked really tasty. Given that I’m right in the neighborhood, I know that I’ll be back to try a few more of their dishes, and maybe they’ll wow me a bit more next time. Overall, it was a solid sushi spot, but I expected a bit more given all the strong recommendations I’d received.

2909 Webster Street – www.umamisf.com


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