ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WITH ACE WASABI SUSHI

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ACE WASABI

Address: 3339 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Hours: M-W 5:30PM-10PM, Th 5:30PM-10:30PM, F-Sat 5:30PM-11PM, Sun 5PM-10PM
Happy Hour: M-Sat 5:30PM-6:30PM
Phone: (415) 567-4903
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If you’re looking for melt-in-your-mouth sushi, head over to Ace Wasabi. They serve fresh seasonal fish flown from places like the Tsukiji fish market in Japan. Well, that explains the tenderness and freshness of the fish! Located in the Marina District, this place is perfect for grabbing food and drinks with your buddies. Take advantage of bingo nights and 50% off sashimi happy hours! Try your luck and you might just win a $20 gift card!

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Interior

I cannot believe that Ace Wasabi has already been in business for 25 years and I haven’t heard of this place until just recently! Can I even call myself a San Francisco native? Yes, an SF native doesn’t need to know every single business alive in SF. Cut your girl some slack. Anyway, I love the vibe here! They’ve got some cool art on the walls and have a Rock ‘N’ Roll inspired aesthetic design. Ken, the owner is such a down-to-earth person! As I was dining there, it was like almost everyone know who he was. This is what I love about businesses like Ace! The owner takes time to entertain and take care of guests. Just a heads up, they only open during dinner time, so don’t bother showing up for lunch or breakfast… or for a midnight snack.

Before I get into the juicy details, you can find their food menu here and drink menu here. Below are pictures I took of the updated menus since some fish are seasonal.

Now, let’s get to it with the food!

Starter

Truffle Edamame ($8): I’m a huge fan of truffle oil flavored food, so of course, I had to try this. This appetizer is sautéed with the perfect amount of black truffle sesame sauce. I say this, because some truffle dishes can be a hit or miss if too little or too much of the oil is added. I definitely need to make this my binge snack!

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Truffle Edamame

Hand Rolls

I’m 100% serious, these hand rolls were love at first bite.

Baked Crab ($9): This roll consists of snow crab, crispy potato bits, sesame, and spicy aioli wrapped with soybean paper. I’ve never seen this kind of hand roll in other sushi restaurants. It’s quite unique and very delicious! The crispy potato bits and soybean paper make it crunchy yet chewy, respectively. The Baked Crab Hand Roll is my favorite item on the menu for sure.

Toro Uni ($13): This hand roll consists of chopped blue fin toro, uni, and ikura wrapped in seaweed. Both the toro and the uni are so tender and fresh!


Nigiris

Ace Wasabi has an Aburi style nigiri section on top of their menu. Aburi style nigiri are torch seared and are my favorite style of nigiri. From the Aburi section, I tried the Scallop and Wagyu Beef. From the regular nigiri section, I ordered Unagi.

Scallop ($6 per piece): This nigiri comes pickled wasabi and is topped with spicy aioli sauce. I can’t stop thinking about that seared scallop. I felt like my soul lifted high into the sky and came back. The scallop just melted in my mouth and I legit was having  foodgasms.

Wagyu Beef ($9 per piece): This delicacy is topped with garlic and scallion, because garlic is awesome. I felt so fancy eating this piece of meat.

Unagi ($8 per 2 pieces): Unagi is freshwater eel, which is one of my go-to nigiri at sushi restaurants. I love that they heat up the eel here, because I know some other sushi restaurants don’t, and it makes the eel texture a bit rougher.

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Wagyu Beef (left), Scallop (middle), Unagi (right)

Omakase おまかせ

Okay, so Omakase meals have been super popular in the Bay Area these days and Ace Wasabi offers these experiences with Mixed Sashimi and Omakase Nigiri selections. Omakase, or “おまかせ”, is a Japanese term that literally translates to “leave it to you”. This means that the chef gets to decide what pieces to prepare for you.

8-Piece Omakase ($35): This is the 8-piece chef’s choice. They also have a 4-piece and 5-piece option if you want a smaller portion. With this kind of bomb fish quality, it is SOOO worth it! Every single piece was very tender and delicious. Just look at how silky they are!

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8-Piece Omakase

Signature Rolls

The name of the signature rolls are fun and unique such as Post Malone Roll and Victoria’s Secret Roll. Unfortunately, I didn’t try those two. However, I ordered the Back in Black Roll and the Hokkaido Roll. I was surprised that you can even taste the amazing quality of fish in these loaded rolls!

Back in Black ($17): This roll consists of snow crab, scallops, tobiko, scallion, spicy aioli, salmon, avocado,  and black tobiko. This was so yummy! If you’ve never tried scallions in your sushi, you’re missing out! I love that they had chopped up pieces of scallop. The pieces were so small, but the freshness and taste was so exquisite that it still stood out to me. I’m generally picky with my scallops. It has to be melt-in-your mouth tender for me to like it and it definitely was!

Hokkaido ($16): This roll contains shrimp tempura and is topped with Hokkaido scallop, crab, smashed avocado, cilantro, crispy potato bits, and tobiko. Those crispy potato bits and tender scallops make a delightful combo! If you’re not a fan of cilantro, like me, don’t worry, you won’t even taste it! Unless you are super duper sensitive with the taste and can taste a tiny piece of cilantro accidentally tossed in a wok of Chow Mein.

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Back in Black (left), Hokkaido (right)

Small Plates

If someone in your party isn’t into raw fish, Ace Wasabi has a good variety of small plate options to choose from.

Wagyu Beef Gyoza Potstickers ($13): These are made with American beef and black vinegar sesame drizzled on top.

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Wagyu Beef Gyoza

Hamachi Kama ($13): This is the grilled yellowtail collar with ponzu sauce. Personally, I am sensitive to fishy/ocean taste. I was afraid I wouldn’t like this one, but it wasn’t fishy at all due to the aromatic flavors and freshness of the fish itself!

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Hamachi Kama

Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura ($12): This plate comes with 2 pieces of tempura shrimp and some mixed vegetables. Tempura is always so satisfying to eat as a side at Japanese restaurants.

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Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura

Whether it’s delicious seafood or the friendly atmosphere, definitely stop by Ace Wasabi if you’re in the area for a great time!

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Thanks for stopping by!


4 thoughts

  1. Wow did you eat all that in just one visit? Looks yummy. I just wrote about my first omakase last year hehe! There’s always that place that you haven’t visited, especially with the restaurant turnaround these days but is nice to finally try a long time business too!

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