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871 Denman St. (Haro St.) Send to Phone
Japanese small plates are the focus at this charming restaurant.
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Kingyo Restaurant Review

: Step through the rustic wooden door and you’ll think you’ve entered the courtyard of a feudal Japanese home: traditional wood carvings adorn the walls, a clay-tiled roof graces the bar, and an elegant strand of bamboo runs the length of the long communal table. But shouts of “Irrashaimase” are a raucous reminder that izakaya is Kingyo’s raison d’être. To embark on your discovery mission, awaken your palate with a yuzu gin tonic while browsing the small-plates menu marked by deftly executed flavor combinations. Yellowtail and avocado carpaccio is dressed with garlic chips, wasabi mayo, and soy-sesame dressing. Another favorite, aonori calamari, is accented with flecks of dried seaweed and shiso herb salsa. Kingyo’s chicken karaage is comprised of crisped chunks of fried chicken paired with three premium salts for dipping. Try the stone-grilled beef tongue for a touch of the exotic, paper-thin slices of beef tongue you grill yourself atop a sizzling-hot rock before slathering them with yuzu red pepper paste and a spritz of lemon juice. An extensive wine, beer and cocktail list rounds out the offerings. Delicate creamy almond tofu is a sweet ending.

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