Bay Area Eats: Kinjo
If you’re looking for some of the best, freshest, and most inventive omakase sushi in San Francisco, Kinjo is your spot. Kinjo translates to “neighborhood” in Japanese, and that’s exactly the feel of this new Polk Street hotspot. In Japanese culture, neighborhood restaurants are a central part of everyday life, and Kinjo has replicated this cultural experience in Russian Hill.
Michelin-starred chef Takatoshi Toshi heads up the restaurant, where he can be found artfully crafting each piece of fish (flown in fresh from the famous Tokyo Fish Market) directly in front of you. There is something about seeing the mesmerizing process and intense focus of such an outstanding chef that makes the experience of eating their food that much more incredible. One bite and I was hooked. This is the kind of sushi that makes you feel like you’ve never had real sushi before in your life. Because the truth is, until you’ve had sushi like Kinjo sushi, you really haven’t.
Chef Toshi comes from 10 years of experience at SF’s Sushi Ran, during which he won first place in the World Sushi Cup in 2014, and finished third in the 2015 Global Sushi Challenge. His devotion to the art and experience of Japanese cuisine is evident in every melt-in-your-mouth dish you taste.
Kinjo’s prix fixe menu starts at $120 a person. Open 5:30-10pm 2206 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109