After Noboru Inoue retired and closed Ino Sushi back in early September, it left a gaping hole in the San Francisco sushi game. A hole that Sushi An, now softly open in the same space, is hoping to fill. Sushi An comes from former Koo Sushi owner, Kiyoshi Hayakawa. As Tablehopper noted in July, there were ownership shuffles at Koo in the Sunset and Ino in Japantown. Inoue had three years left on his lease, and once word broke in the community that he was ready to move on, Hayakawa moved quickly on the deal — in good timing, Hayakawa was also looking for a smaller location to do a more relaxed, focused service.
Which is where Sushi An comes in. According to its website, in Japanese, "an" means "a modest cottage where in old times monks and artists rest and spend a peaceful time being isolated from the rest of the world." It's a fitting name for the space, and unlike Inoue, Hayakawa is not as strict and just wants people to relax and enjoy his food. Sushi An serves a nightly $80 omakase menu in traditional edomae style, along with a small menu of select nigiri, maki rolls, and sashimi. Don't expect any crazy rolls or much hot food — the focus here is on the fish. Sushi An is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.