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Posted by Anonymous on 01/29/2013
Before I start writing this, I would just like to say that I hardly ever write online reviews. However, my visit to Ino Sushi tonight constituted a review immediately. I have been searching desperately for a good, authentic sushi bar in San Francisco, something I have still yet to find. Upon entering the restaurant, you find yourself in a very small three feet by three feet hallway. The restaurant itself sits behind a curtain, like a traditional Japanese sushi bar. To the left is the kitchen. I was "greeted" by presumably the sushi chef's wife, who did not bother to say hello, but rather told me that "I have to spend $30 minimum". That was the first thing out of her mouth. OK. FINE. I sat at the end of the bar and the sushi chef came over to me with an immediate attitude. I was very courteous the entire time, soft spoken, and very quiet. This was all good and fine until my phone vibrated against the counter. Immediately, again, the sushi chef came over to me. "No phone!" he shouted at me. I have never felt so embarrassed in my life. Why the attitude? I had been nice the whole time. "I'm sorry, it was an accident," I replied back. He then told me to "turn off the phone or leave" and pointed to a small sign behind me that indicated "No phones." The night went downhill from there. I ordered the 8 piece nigiri, hesitantly, and only stayed because I was starving and there aren't really any good food restaurants in the immediate area. He was still angry at me, so he threw down four pieces at once, then another four about 15 seconds later. "Done," he proclaimed, and walked away. He kept yelling at his wife in Japanese and also yelled at another gentleman beside me to "order from him, not her," pointing at his wife. Unbelievable. The sushi was GOOD, but not great, and certainly not the best I've ever had. This was ridiculous. I've never had customer service this bad, and especially after I was respectful and courteous the whole time. I paid and left. Needless to say, I will NOT be back. Rude, rude, and RUDE.
Posted by Fish Man on 07/28/2007
Definitely not your typical upscale San Francisco sushi joint. There is no DJ. There are no fruity saki cocktails. The lights aren't low, and neither are the prices, but.... THE FISH IS DELICIOUS and expertly prepared. We sat the bar ($20 minimum I believe), and chose from the simple menu full of sushi classics. There was no 49er roll, or other fru fru roll with cream cheese, or deep fried or blah blah, just the basics. We ordered several pieces of nigiri, and some maki rolls, along with a seaweed salad, and it was all delicious. Some of the best I've had in the city.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/26/2007
Me and my boyfriend have been to many Japanese restaurant in SF and this place doesn't have anything special. The obstinate sushi chef should have searched other places to know how other places are doing, serving and getting a lot better, if they want to charge more then average...