Otoro Sushi

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Sushi, Sake and Soju in Hayes Valley

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It's been said that things—good or bad—happen in threes.

And since there are already two great sushi joints in a three-block radius in Hayes Valley, you'll be happy to know that a new sushi gem is here to complete the trifecta.

Make way for Otoro, the latest sushi/izakaya-inspired sliver of a restaurant opening Monday in the old Laurel's Cuban restaurant space on Oak.

Named after the most prized grade of bluefin tuna, Otoro is setting out to be your blue-ribbon sushi hangout, where you can throw back a few Sapporos and balance it all out with traditional Japanese fare crafted by Chef Maki—who not only has the name but also 15 years behind the sushi bar.

If you're a group of two or three, the cozy eight-seat sushi bar is where you'll want to camp out. Start things off with a soju Cucumber Martini, then leave yourself in the hands of the chef, who will probably treat you to the house-special Otoro Roll, of course, and the garlic white tuna-topped Hip Hop Roll (much better than the Rock and Roll). If you're more in the mood for izakaya-like Ika Maruyaki (grilled whole squid), the banquettes to the side are the place to spread out, get a few small plates and order your way through the sake list.

Or at least until last call.

Vitals

Otoro Sushi
205 Oak St
(at Gough)
Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-553-3986

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