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Koo - 5 Reviews - 408 Irving St, San Francisco, CA - Japanese Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 731-7077



408 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 731-7077
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Yes - this is one of the best sushi's I've had in the States - brings back memories of having sushi in the Tokyo Tsukiji Fish market! We were luck...


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Koo 11/24/2006

My friends and I tried Koo for the first time last weekend and we were all astounded that we'd somehow managed to overlook this restaurant for so long! Everything was great- from the fusion Japanese food to the understated ambiance and great service. I love that Koo has an extensive daily menu of specials. There were quite a few interesting and unusual types of seafood on the menu- all of which makes for great sushi and sashimi of course. We tried a variety of items, from fresh oysters topped with salmon roe, scallop and shrimp dumplings, tuna/salmon tartar atop freshly made guacamole and served with shrimp chips. All were great but the latter was a definite favorite. They also have a nice listing of innovative sushi rolls along with more traditional types. All of the share plates looked and sounded delicious and I'd love to go back and try some more. Huge list of premium sakes as well, and they even have fuji apple or lychee flavored sake- a steal at only $3.50 a glass! more

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Traditional AND Fusion 6/4/2006

I admit it - for years, I was a sushi purist. Sure, I would have spicy tuna rolls and the occasional California roll because they've become common in Japan, but when it comes to anything beyond that (especially those with the dreaded cream cheese), I would just turn up my nose and decline. However, based on the great reviews of Koo and the pedigree of its head chef, we decided to take the long ride on the N-line into the inner sunset and give Koo a try. The restaurant is cosy without being cramped - and the use of dark wood and heavily saturated earth tones combined with gentle, ambient music makes the space extremely comfortable. The food is both traditional and fusion - the nigiri and maki offered are purely traditional - and the katsuo nigiri was so good, I had to order a second order. The ika-natto maki was also a highlight of the night. However, as traditional as the nigiri and maki are, the special rolls and appetizers take their inspiration from many cultures - a tuna and salmon tartare with guacamole and shrimp chips combines Hawaiian Poke with Mexican guacamole and chips... and a Tokyo Crunch roll was topped with ground bits of tonkatsu (breaded fried pork). Instead of creating a mish-mosh of foods, Koo has pulled off the best of both worlds. If you're in the mood for traditional sushi or Japanese inspired Fusion cuisine, make a trip to the inner sunset and give Koo a chance. more

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koo 3/17/2006

great japanese restaurant. the ambiance is romantic. the sushi is fresh! hard to figure out the spelling of the restaurant because of the script...even after getting the business card. but i finally figured out it's koo and definitely worth visitng again. the service was attentive and the food was delicious. more
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