Sake Moment - Skipjack Sushi
As many of you know, on occasion I have to work a little to keep my kids in shoes. And work sometimes takes the great turn of being able to help restaurateurs develop sake menus unique to the U.S., SF, and their local hoods, and highlights the strengths of their restaurants. Recently I have crafted menus for Medicine, 415, and Sebo. But my latest endeavor re-united me with a dear friend who wanted to "Thrust sake to the forefront" of his sushi restaurant.
Skipjack Sushi on Union Street in Cow Hollow, San Francisco is the third restaurant developed by Stewart Chen who is the mastermind behind Amberjack Sushi in Noe Valley and Amberjack Sushi in Mill Valley. The word that comes to mind when speaking about Stewart's restaurants is "comfort sushi," as in it does not try to be something that it is not. Well then what is it? It is a comfortable and reliable restaurant that always has a very strong local following who enjoy the quality of sushi and the "feel" of the service and the friendly intangibles.
When my first daughter was born, we spent three nights per week sitting in front of Stewart at the Noe Valley Amberjack with out daughter sleeping in his kitchen. It was then that I started speaking in depth with Stewart about sake and the "future of sake." He learned well, as his latest endeavor is "Sake first - comfort second"! Well at least in my mind.
So I set about creating not only a killer sake menu, but for the first time I really worked with Steward about the placement of bottles on display, so that customers can really see not only the works of art known as labels, but can identify what they are drinking. I also created a numbering system that corresponds with a very in-depth Sake Menu that matches the perfectly displayed sake bottles.
If you are prepared to sit in front of 32 different sakes, read my brief reviews of each, and enjoy some really fresh and flavorful sushi then I recommend dropping by Skipjack. It is a great opportunity to try a wide variety of well kept and well serviced sakes in an environment that will allow you to take notes and do a little homework for yourself. I am really proud of the selections, but more importantly I am proud of the layout of the sake presentation. And if you go tell Stewart that you are a True Sake person! Oh and I almost forgot - our True Sake tasting event for August will be at Skipjack on August 15th (The Ginjo Sake Tasting) Please see the "Events" section of this Newsletter.
Skipjack - 1785 Union Street - 415.447.7357