Saturday, June 5, 2010


Recently, "Izakaya," Japanese pub style restaurants where you can have sake with small dishes, are becoming very popular in San Francisco.
My favorite one is "Nombe" (meaning someone who likes to drink heartily) in the Mission area.

They offer the typical Japanese "Izakaya" style food like the coroquette and chicken drum, but they also have a Californian flavor mixed in.
Above is one of their very popular menu, "Mission Motsu," a spicy grilled tripe with lime and Iriko (small fish) with ginger, garlic, and scallion. Yum!

Here is a sweet corn korokke with huitlacoche aioli (Mexican corn truffle).
What a great mix of Japanese food and Mexican flavor! Very Mission-like!

This is the owner Gil, who speaks Japanese very fluently. He recommended this sake from Kyushu to drink with the grilled tripe.
(And it was the perfect combination!)
If you don't know anything about sake, don't fret. He will help you choose the best sake that perfectly matches the food.
They also offer the traditional japanese style brunch (with a bowl of rice with natto)on sat/sun!

2491 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110


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