For the rest of our second afternoon, Joe and I wandered around past Fisherman’s Wharf, and we stumbled on Flying Ninja. I was actually looking for something quick to eat, a light snack to round off the chowder we ate earlier for lunch.
There were a few tables seated, a majority looking like tourists also wandering around the area. The interior was quite modern, with large glass windows facing the main sushi bar, letting in great natural light. We were seated closer to the back of the restaurant, a small room that I assume could be made into a private room for such functions. This section was completely opposite, with barely any light coming in, and a TV screen on the far wall. Totally different atmosphere!
The menu is extensive ranging from small appetizers, hot entrees, sashimi, nigiri, rolls, and even udon and ramen bowls. Having our fair share of ramen already, we opted for something light. We originally wanted to order an assorted nigiri dish but our server advised us against it. When asked why, she shyly commented that the sushi chef was a new hire and not as experienced with nigiri yet, but more familiar with the other dishes, particularly the rolls. Their rolls did look fairly unique but I mainly wanted different bites of food, rather than order one roll between the two of us.
So we decided to start with the ahi tuna poke. The tuna was nicely seasoned, although could have used a longer time in the marinade. Served on a bed of mixed greens, I though of it more as a salad. It wasn’t until I ate some of the greens when I realized a lot of the sauce or marinade was underneath! The fish was fresh though, nice and slightly firm. For the price, it was actually a substantial dish, especially when we both thought it was a small plate when ordering from the menu.
Our sushi combo came with miso soup and a salad. Seeing that we only ordered one sushi plate to share, I was surprised when she gave us each our own sides. Bonus! The miso soup tasted different from all others that I’ve tried before although I have no idea why. It seemed more flavorful, and definitely more salty than usual. A good start! I absolutely love Japanese style salads and their dressings. I finished my bowl in no time and moved to Joe’s bowl seeing that he only ate the cucumber slices and wasn’t too keen on eating the rest. Too many vegetables?
Sushi combo B was an assortment of salmon, tuna, white and yellow fish for a total of 16 sashimi pieces. Beautifully presented and the pieces were quite large. It also came with a bowl of rice (each!), although that didn’t arrive until much after. Not sure what the hold up was, perhaps the fresh rice wasn’t ready yet but Joe had no complaints and ate his, while I decided not to waste and told our server to hold on mine.
Normally I would get bored with just eating sashimi for a meal, but the fish was fresh and had a clean finish. Along with bites of my salad, it was the perfect snack for us! Although not the best to get in San Francisco (I’m sure), it was a nice place and fared a lot better than some of the sushi restaurants in Edmonton. With a small capacity, I can imagine this place getting filled up during dinner time. Price is right, location is great, would definitely return if I was in the area and was hankering sushi!Flying Ninja
461 Jefferson St