The interior of Ginto Izakaya Japonaise. Yelp photo by Elmo S.
There’s a massive new project on Market Street from Japanese company Ramla, called ~GINTO IZAKAYA JAPONAISE~. Eater reports that the restaurant corporation currently has more than 100 eateries around the world. This it their first outpost of the Ginto concept in the United States, though their Oto-Oto and Gyoro-Gyoro in Southern California are reportedly quite similar. Apparently, they’ve got a little bit of everything going on: yakitori, a robata grill, sushi and sashimi, ramen, and tempura, all made by chefs brought over from Tokyo. The aim is to offer an “authentic” experience, similar to what you’d find in Japan. Like we mentioned, the space is huge, clocking in at more than 6,800 square feet with room for more than 200 people. They’ve also got a full liquor license, which means you’ll find cocktails, Japanese whisky, sake, and beer. For now, Ginto Izakaya is open for dinner only, but all-day service is coming in mid-March. Hours are daily 4pm-10pm. 658 Market St. at Geary, 415-530-2466.