Fans of Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar can now double their Japanese-food intake in Bernal, as Tim and Erin Archuleta's little sushi bar that could debuts its first spinoff, Ichi Kakiya, tonight. Housed in the petite Mission Street location where Ichi originally made its name, Kakiya (Japanese for "oyster") will serve an extensive raw bar selection, including six kinds of oysters, raw scallops, and clams. Bigger seafood plates arrive steamed with kani miso aioli, including shrimp, red crab, and a half lobster. The menu is rounded out with a handful of salads, a soup, and salt-grilled ocean trout. Here's the full menu.
On the drinks side, manager/beverage director Shasta Olarte is offering a half-dozen sakes, three draft brews, and a bunch of seafood-friendly wines (heavy on the whites and sparklers). The space also features a new work from the mothership's muralist Erik Marinovich, celebrating ama, the Japanese free divers who collect pearls from the deep. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 5:30-10 pm, and Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11 pm.