Review: Yuzuki Japanese Eatery
I’m both a Dolores Park regular and chicken karage lover, so imagine my surprise when I learned there was an amazing izakaya restaurant on the corner of Guerrero and 18th Street.
Like its food, Yuzuki Japanese Eatery’s exterior is quiet and unassuming – and easy to miss, given the distracting bustle across the street at Tartine Bakery. But its $90 six-course tasting menu for two is thoughtfully curated and incredibly good-value, given the quality of ingredients and the quantity of food.
You’ll recognize many of their homestyle dishes, including many of my favorites such as salmon clay pot rice, grilled yakitori (omg the chicken meat balls and pork belly were out-of-this-world good), and seaweed salad dressed up with dungeness crab and tosa vinagrette.
Unlike many of the dark, dingy and loud izakayas you may have frequented in the past, however, Yuzuki offers the above in a subtle yet upscale environment.
Most of their food makes use of their specialty ingredient, “shio-koji,” an all-natural fermenting agent prepared in-house using traditional techniques that coax out the ingredient’s umami character over the course of five days.
To truly experience koji, I recommend their signature house-made fresh tofu, made with organic soybean and sea salt – it’s silky-smooth with layers and layers of flavor. (Sadly, I was not able to capture a good photo of this dish, but imagine something pure, white and beautiful.)
Yuzuki Japanese Eatery. 598 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110.