Ijji (Sushi) – Lower Haight, San Francisco

Ijji

252 Divisadero Street

Ijji, from the owners of Saru Sushi Bar, is yet another sushi joint riding the wave that is crashing into the Bay Area.  Serving nigiri only in the edomae style with most of the fish coming directly from Japan, Ijji is competing in the “high end” space where one piece will set you back $7-10 on average.

Ijji has a small sushi counter and a few tables that seats up to 17 people.  The suggested dining pattern is to start with the 10 course omakase and supplement that with some additional al a carte.  They also have a limited number of non-sushi side dishes.

For our trip, we sat at a table and began with the omakase with an order of chawanmushi.  At the tables, the fish is served in batches of three at a time at a relaxed pace.

Starters

The omakase starts off with some small bites.  We had some baby taro root (left) and squid (right).

Ijji_01_Starter

The chawanmushi rounded out the non-sushi courses.

Ijji_02_Chawanmushi

Omakase

The omakase for the day was 10 courses and is priced at the sum of its parts.  You can ask to not be served anything you don’t like and requests are possible but not guaranteed (they can always be added on later).   Rather than try to recall the exact preparation of each piece, I shall simply name the fish.  In summary, each comes pre-seasoned/sauced and are to be eaten as-is; there is no soy sauce here. Some of the pictures are a little grainy….at the time they looked better.

Ijji_03_Kampachi
Kampachi
Ijji_04_Suzuki
Suzuki
Katsuo
Katsuo
Nama Tako
Nama Tako
Isaki
Isaki
Aji
Aji
Iwashi
Iwashi
Kurodai
Kurodai
Kani
Kani
Negitoro
Negitoro

Additional Orders

On top of the main course, I added on three extras that were not included in the omakase.

Kibinago
Kibinago
Ijji_14_Chutoro
Chutoro
Uni
Uni

All in Ijji was a good experience.  The fish tasted good, the service was attentive, and the pacing was relaxing.  The 10 course meal is probably on the light side and most people will need/want to order additional slices.

As the competition heats up in this space, eaters have options for where to spend their sushi dollar.  While Ijji is not an unpleasant experience, I would prioritize going to Wako or Kusakabe but feel Ijji is worth a spot on the list.

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