Tawara Sake Dining Opens in the Mission (from Iza Ramen's Chef)

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Dashi onigiri (rice ball with Japanese dashi broth, also available as a vegan dish) at the new Tawara Sake Dining. Instagram photo by @tawarasf.

The chef behind the two locations of Iza Ramen and Blowfish Sushi (Ritsuo Tsuchida) has opened ~TAWARA SAKE DINING~ in the former Urban Fish in the Mission. The izakaya-inspired menu is meant to be a cozy space where Tsuchida can get a bit freestyle, re-creating dishes from his childhood. You can check the menu here, which includes a variety of seafood, meat, and vegetable dishes—there are also vegan and gluten-free options too (the legacy of the former tenant lives on!). And true to its name, there is plenty of sake. Open Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10pm. 2193 Mission St. at 18th St.