What food comes to your mind when you think about the Tenderloin?
Thai? Southern? Vietnamese?
Probably not Japanese right?
Surprisingly, there actually is a good Japanese place in the Tenderloin! Say hello to Sanraku~
Chawanmushi literally means “steamed in a tea bowl” in Japanese, and it is a savory egg custard that is served as a hot appetizer. This one was full of crab, shrimp, fish and mushroom. It was my first time trying it and I really enjoyed it!
The fish was freshh! I especially liked the hamachi and scallop. In addition, the tamago was one of the best I’ve ever had – each sweet and fluffy bite had me wanting for more.
For the first time ever, we saw a female chef prepare the nigiri pictured above. There are few female sushi chefs in the world because women’s hands are believed to be too warm to handle raw fish and sushi rice properly.
BUT IN FACT, studies show that women’s hands are actually colder than men’s!!
There is also the belief that women’s perfume and makeup interfere with the food. This prejudice prevents women from advancing in this male-dominated field of work. Sho sad 😦
This rice bowl had tuna, scallop, uni, natto, radish, and cucumber (psssst, this item isn’t on the menu so you have to ask for it).
What made the dining experience even better was the quick and friendly service. Sanraku is considered to be “average-priced”, BUT their portions are small so be prepared to pay $$$.
704 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109