The sushi happy hour rockstars, ICHI Sushi, are the latest business to join the Bernal Heights ~331 CORTLAND MARKETPLACE~ opening in late January 2010. Their contribution to the space will be ~ICHI LUCKY CAT DELI~, a full-service shop specializing in market-fresh fish, sushi to go, Asian sandwiches, Japanese salads, and sweet treats. Salads include edamame, shiso pesto somen, and wakame (seaweed), with the possibility to order larger catering-sized amounts with 24 hours notice. There will be sushi boxes, plus vegan sushi, and Asian sandwiches on homemade bread, like pork tonkatsu sliders with homemade katsu sauce, an Asian club sandwich with Coca-Cola braised pork belly and local chicken, and nasu: marinated Japanese eggplant and seasonal pairings. There will also be sushi-grade fish for the at-home chef, a selection that will change based on seasonality and availability, but can include maguro (tuna), hamachi (yellowtail), albacore white tuna, Loch Duart salmon, saba (mackerel), oysters, and more, plus sushi-making kits. All the sushi and Asian sandwiches will be made to order, featuring many of their homemade Japanese sauces.
To recap, confirmed tenants include Paulie’s Pickling, Bernal Cutlery, and Della Terra Produce; plus a few new tenants, like El Porteño Empanadas (these Argentinian empanadas are made with Prather Ranch beef, Fulton Farms chicken, and organic/local produce and dairy whenever possible) and Wholesome Bakery (vegan, low-glycemic, wheat-free, soy-free, and yeast-free baked goods that only contain healthy fats). Also available are Desiree Salomon’s DEZYS DRINKS: chais, café de olla, juices, and kombucha, all made from scratch daily using mostly organic fruits, vegetables, and spices.