Friday, February 15, 2019

Hime Says Sake to Me!


Although San Francisco's Marina District is no stranger to outstanding Japanese food (There must be no less than 50 California-style sushi bars between Lombard and Chestnut Streets), there has always been an enormous lack of upscale fusion places in the area.

Well, that gap just closed a little with a great new restaurant called Hime, which opened late last year and has received nothing but rave reviews. Renowned Chef Eichii Mochizuki has created an eatery that is ideal for both adventurous foodies and the dining audience in general.

We ate there recently and our taste buds went ballistic. Flavor and innovation are Hime's middle names. The food can best be described as Japanese Izakaya style. It was explained to us as being a mixture of traditional Japanese and fusion cuisine. Hime offers something for everyone, with small plate appetizers, hot and cold entrees, large dishes and a full range of sushi and sashimi selections. They also have a pretty extensive selection of sake and wines.

The place features what they call a "modern Japanese ambiance." It's a lot of browns and reds, with a bunch of polished wood and sultry curtains. The staff is very professional and attentive. The minute we walked through the door we were treated like we were the only people in place. (Which we weren't -- the joint was packed!)

The three chefs who cook at Hime are all from Japan, making this place the only Japanese restaurant in the Marina with 100% Japanese chefs. The main chef is from Osaka and has some training in kaiseki. Mochizuki and his number one chef went to many of the country's best fusion restaurants for a couple of months while conceptualizing the outstanding menu.

They really know their sake at Hime, serving three different types. First, there's the Daiginjo. It's light and fragrant but packs a punch. Then, there's the Ginjo. It might best be described as layered and complex. And last but surely not least, they serve Junmai. It's my personal favorite; full-bodied and slightly acidic. Ask the people at Hime to describe the highlights of each -- they're happy to do it and it's an education on the merits of each style of rice wine.

The menu at Hime isn't extensive and half of it consists of your standard sushi options. We had the Black Cod with Saikyo Miso (excellent); the Kobe Style Lettuce Cup (to die for); the house salad with a special Hime dressing (just okay); Monk Fish Liver (highly unusual but fantastic), as well as several of Hime's signature sushi rolls. Overall, it was a very memorable experience. We'll surely go back again soon.

Hime is located at 2353 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. Their phone number is: (415) 931-7900. For more of my Bay Area restaurant reviews, visit my blog at:

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By Sharlene Hardin on January 06, 2009 at 05:02 pm

As I mentioned in my review; I love the title :D

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