Ozumo Restaurant – San Francisco, California: A contemporary Japanese restaurant at the Embarcadero District of San Francisco, Ozumo is a trendy place that combines Zen principles, traditional Japanese sensibilities, and San Francisco hip. The prices here are on the high side, but with the stunning view of the Bay Bridge, the sleek and upbeat ambiance, the excellent food and the ultra fresh sushi, it is worth every penny.
I started with the Garlic Edamame ($6); it sounded like a nice twist to an old favorite but after a couple bites, I decided that sometimes it is just better to leave the classics alone and not tamper with their integrity.
We ordered a feast of Maki rolls including the Shacho Roll ($23), which was Maine lobster, mango, jalapeno and cilantro wrapped in tuna with a spicy sesame sauce; and the Ozumo Roll ($18), which was grilled Unagi and cucumber roll topped with snow crab, tuna, avocado and spicy sauce. Both were beyond excellent and some of the best rolls I have had for a long time.
We also ordered the Dragon Roll ($16), which was tempura shrimp wrapped in grilled unagi and avocado with a sweet sauce. It was not as good the two and actually left me disappointed, wishing I had skipped it all together.
Their wine list is fairly extensive and had a good variety of sake; surprisingly, their wine prices are reasonable.
For dessert I tried the Chocolate Fondue ($12) with mocha ice cream and fresh fruit—a nice change from the normal two scoops of green tea ice cream I normally have after dining at a Japanese restaurant like this. It was delicious and capped off the sushi well.
It’ so nice to see a Japanese restaurant that not only has a great atmosphere and fresh sushi, but is also willing to try some “twists” and thus, offering something more than just the standard rolls. And did I mention that the service here is wonderful too?
Overall the Ozumo Restaurant offers a topnotch evening and gets a restaurant rating of Bombastic.
What I liked: Décor, Shacho and Ozumo Rolls
What I didn’t like: A bit loud and the Garlic Edamame