The closing of Umami left Marina denizens with quite the coincidental predicament: you're so close to the ocean, and yet have so few decent sushi options.
Luckily, when one door closes, another opens. Specifically, the door to Mamanoko, the new sushi spot from two of the three guys behind Tipsy Pig, Padrecito and the late Umami. It's soft-open now in the former Mamacita space, and here it is in pictures.
You and a person you like will enter this 90-seat restaurant, noticing the akari lanterns overhead and the charred cedar accents behind the bar. Comely Japanese décor acknowledged, you'll head to a seat at one of the tables or grab one of eight available spots at the sushi bar.
From there, you'll have sushi options like the Midori Roll with salmon, albacore tuna, avocado, ponzu, tempura flakes and togarashi chili. Or something less fish-forward like the Karaage Stick with Japanese fried chicken that's served with a miso-sambal buffalo sauce. Yes, buffalo sauce.
All of which will pair swimmingly with their Japanese beers and whiskies, 20 sakes and cocktails like the Spirited Away with jasmine tea-infused toki whisky, vermouth, Grand Marnier and bitters.
Though it probably had you at whisky.