San Francisco-Financial District
May 11, 2018
Sleek, Tokyo-style dining and drinking comes to downtown San Fran with this multi-faceted 6000ft space from Tokyo designers Super Potato Co, which focuses on contemporary and innovative Japanese cuisine. Guests walk down a narrow corridor through to a gorgeous restaurant done in a modern Japanese tea garden style, using materials such as wood, paper, metal and stone. Diners have space to place their feet under the Japanese tables, which should suit our western comforts, while our eastern taste buds can first be tested in the glass-enclosed sake tasting room where up to 30 sakes are available they take their sake very seriously at Ozumo, offering a selection from all over Japan, and they’re more than happy to advise the novice as to the differences between them and which is best suited to your tastes. (And remember, when pouring, always serve others first it’s the ‘o-shaku’ way that’s considered polite. If you want to swot up on sake and its etiquette before you go, there’s a wealth of information on their website). A 30 person-seat sushi counter at the back has great views of the San Francisco Bay, but our personal favourite is the Sumo Lounge, where cocktails are perfectly poured by easy-on-the-eye bar staff and DJs spin chill out tunes until late night. (There’s also a range of imported Japanese beers available, if you’re not a cocktail or sake fan). Sushi apart, the food highlight is the Robata grill, an open charcoal fire country grill on which you can select everything from fish to duck to beef for cooking. Diners on a budget should check out the Happy Hour menu, when there are bargains to be had.