Eternally popular Sausalito restaurant Sushi Ran has officially opened its new San Francisco counterpart: Izakaya Sushi Ran. The Japanese pub replaces Nomica, which was also run by the Sushi Ran team but closed last month when Nomica chef Hiroo Nagahara left to open a new spot in Los Angeles.
The Castro space (2223 Market Street) boasts a fresh coat of burnt orange paint and more casual feel but otherwise looks similar — as you’d expect for a transition that took place over the course of just two weeks. The new menu draws a bit from Sushi Ran, with a few of the same sushi rolls and shareable small plates like spinach salad with sesame and miso wagyu beef with apple and blue cheese. The most intriguing additions hail from Sushi Ran owner Yoshi Tome’s native Okinawa, including Okinawa soba (a noodle soup that’s like a cross between udon and ramen), jyushi (steamed rice with vegetables, described on the menu as Okinawa-style paella); and sata andagi (doughnuts with cream). Check out the rest of the offerings below.
Okinawa is also represented on the cocktail menu in the form of awamori, a distilled rice spirit, which gets paired with ingredients like sansho pepper, shiso, sage, and ash. The full bar features Japanese beer, whiskey, and sake as well.
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Izakaya Sushi Ran is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 5:30 to 11 p.m.