Ijji Sushi San Francisco
Sushi chefs Billy Kong (Saru Sushi in Noe Valley) and Kua Catuang (Seiya in San Carlos) have teamed up in the Lower Haight to open Ijji Sushi. They only have a few tables and the 7-seat Hinoki Cypress wood sushi bar. Both require a reservation and there are only two seating times: 6pm and 8pm.
I first visited Ijji last year with my fiancé when they were just opening, as we wanted to try their omakase-only menu. Normally when we go for sushi and it’s just us, we sit at the sushi bar and it feels like we have our own private chef. I always love seeing the chefs at work. The head chef at Ijji exudes such warmth and a humble dedication to ensuring that we are presented with sublimely prepared and delicious flavors.
Ijji uses a combination of three different vinegars in their rice: shirazu (white), akazu (red), and an aged akazu (red). It’s an interesting combination that I think complements the fish well. Speaking of their fish – it is extremely fresh, everything of top quality and they source more than 90 percent of their fish from Japan. As for garnishes it was all pretty traditional. To me that’s a good thing!
Weather you’re dining at the bar or at a table, their service gets a 5/5. The chefs and waiters/waitresses are all very friendly. The chef always explains the fish such as wild vs farmed, different fish caught in the season, and the cooking process for some of their dishes.
Ijji focuses on what is seasonally available and is definitely a prized neighborhood Sushiya. The atmosphere makes me feel like I’m in Japan, very clean and streamlined and the service is great, very accommodating and attentive. They are one of my top choices for a laid-back sushi night.
Here are some photos of our dinner, this time we ate at a table because we had friends with us. Next time we go to the bar I will share more photos and I am sure the menu will be different so the images will be of different fish.
TAKO YAWARAKA NI
I LOVE WHEN THEY BRING THIS FINGER NAP SO I CAN EAT SUSHI THE RIGHT WAY
RED MISO SOUP
Right before the ice cream, they offer an a la cart menu:
My fiancé and our friend Baky ordered a lot more but I was too busy enjoying our conversation and forgot to take photos of what they ordered. I was pretty full so I did not order much more, but here are the two extras I got, plus a surprise from the chef and the Ice-Cream.
The Chef offered us a special that was not on the menu – MONK FISH LIVER
Then we got our MATCHA green tea ice cream
Ijji has become our second home and when friends come to town we love to bring them here, always nice to have friends that enjoy good sushi.
252 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117