Upon its opening, this omakase-only Japanese newbie in Mint Plaza immediately became one of San Francisco's most expensive restaurants, but those who can afford the bill will be rewarded with a truly luxurious experience. Every detail of Hashiri has been finely crafted, from the hand-painted dishes and crystal sake glasses to the parting seasonal treat gifted to diners at the end of the meal. The dining room's elaborate digital video installation courts techies with money to burn-don't be surprised if you see a hoodie-clad millionaire or two seated next to you. Exceptional kaiseki dishes showcase the best of the season, and have included stunningly tender pen shell clam with citrus-splashed fava beans and bamboo shoots; or lightly grilled, melt-in-your-mouth A5 Wagyu beef over celeriac purée and grilled ramps. They lead the way to a dozen outstanding nigiri, including buttery Spanish mackerel brushed with citrus, pungent aji with minced chives and ginger, silky chutoro and otoro as well as uni imported straight from Hokkaido. Sake connoisseurs will enjoy the exclusive selection of Dassai, milled to 23%, 39% or 50% of the original grain. For novices, the warm and welcoming staff will happily steer the way to the right selection.
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