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It's Been Decided

What, you may ask? Just this city’s best sushi. That’s right, I’m calling it, and I’m handing it over to Koo, right here in the Inner Sunset. It’s fair to say that I have not tried every last sushi place in San Francisco, so there is certainly a possibility that one or two other sushi joints might take it, but I’m fairly determined to prove my point.

Koo is not Sushi Bistro or Jimisan. They don’t drizzle your rolls with raspberry sauce or cover them with macadamia nuts. Don’t get me wrong–I love those crazy inventive rolls, but that’s just not true sushi to me.

Koo serves up fresh fish, with a wide range of daily specials (on our last visit, we got fresh local sardines and Hawaiian Amberjack as well as wild white salmon). They do have some fantastic rolls–the best real crab California roll I’ve ever tasted (this is the only place I insist on always ordering a California roll). The Tokyo Crunch, a hamachi roll topped with a crispy topping is extremely flavorful. The softshell crab roll is massive and equally delicious. Their more inventive Azteca roll actually gets me less excited than the simpler rolls. Koo’s hand rolls are also top notch.

For those who dare, Koo is known for a little thing called A Spoonful of happiness. I’m still working up the courage to try it…

Koo does not serve outlandishly large cuts of fish that barely fit in your mouth, but make you feel like you’re getting more bang for your buck. Nor does it have a broad menu of rolls (though their hot appetizers make up for the smaller roll section). It’s just really, really good. Flavorful, catch-of-the-day fish.

I’m still craving more since I last dined there last week.

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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • I wish I could reach out and grab one of those Cal rolls.The ones in the back look good as well. Actually everything looks awfully tasty.

  • Hmm … you’ve piqued my interest. Of course we’re Sebo loyalists, but once in a while it would be nice not to drop a mortgage payment on sushi.

  • Kasey

    Ha! At this moment, I wish I could grab one of them, too. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kasey

    Sean, I still need to make my way over to Sebo (and perhaps by bold statement will need to be revised). But, I must say: Koo can play game!

  • Koo best sushi in SF?????That’s a pretty bold statement. I’ll have to try it out and give you my two cents. Personally, I’m a fan of Kabuto on 15th and Geary.

  • Kasey

    Jeff, it’s bold. But it’s THAT good! Kabuto, huh? Well, I must get my butt over there soon!

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