Onigilly Japanese Snacks Opens Downtown Today


The new kitchen at Onigilly. Photo from Facebook.


Onigiri from Onigilly. Photo from Onigilly website.

The Japanese rice ball specialist ~ONIGILLY~ is (softly) opening their first brick-and-mortar location today, after years of popping up all over the place. The owner and chef, Koji Kanematsu, got started in the incubation program at La Cocina, and has been making his delicious onigiri rice ball snack at Justin Herman Plaza, farmers’ markets, and FoodLab for a long time. Today, their restaurant will be open for business!

The rice balls (which are reportedly more popular in Japan than sushi) come stuffed with your choice of fillings and sauces, like miso tuna salad or chashu pork. There will also be rice bowls and salad options. You can look at the opening menu here for the full range of options. They’ll be right downtown, for all you Financial District lunchtime folks. There will also be a grand opening coming soon, probably in late September. They will be open Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, and are located at 343 Kearny St. at Pine, 415-671-4706.