Everyone in San Francisco needs a neighborhood sushi spot. It’s like having a dry cleaner or a gym or a pickup truck that sells succulents out of the back. You just need one around. Ideally it’s a place you can go wearing gym clothes, after work, or on a Sunday night and always know you’re in for a good meal. In Hayes Valley, Domo is that place.
While Domo might not be the most authentically Japanese of spots, as evidenced by the fact that we’ve had a white hipster bro as the sushi chef on multiple occasions, we keep coming back for the fresh fish, creative rolls, and quick and friendly service. The menu is small and concise, which is a gift at a sushi spot these days. The special rolls are the main draw here, and a few really stand out, which we’ll get to later.
As for the set up, the space is pretty small and almost exclusively bar seating, and we have zero complaints about that. Bar seats are the best seats, and we won’t be swayed from that position. Provided you go with two to three people, the wait is never too long. The space keeps it casual, and with small candles all around, there’s a nice warmth to it that’s missing at a lot of neighborhood sushi joints.
Even if you don’t live in Hayes, Domo is worth a trip to for the all-around great sushi and happy-place vibes. And if you do live in Hayes, even better. You can stop in on your way home from yoga/work/Biergarten.
This includes octopus, which is a little bizarre, but all in all it’s a decent, spicy poke served on a seaweed salad. Not a must-order, but we will happily consume if it’s presented to us.
$8 for two tiny spoons of delicious crudos. Not exactly a bargain, but we usually end up getting the uni and salmon or scallop, because…it’s a spoonful of uni.
The tempura shiitake mushrooms are the key to this thing. No relation to Wikipedia as far as we know, except for that it’s weirdly addictive and delightful. Always order this.
Hello, refreshing roll of cucumber ginger goodness. This is one of the lighter rolls on the menu and we love it. The mackerel is fresh and excellent.
The pro move is to go with the chef’s choice and let him guide you. Let your Type A self go for an hour. It will all work out.