Domo: Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA, USA
My friend took me here after I was craving a good dinner and having a bad day. Thankfully she knows me well because usually when I have a bad day, it gets fixed with either good company or good food, or a good (and usually spontaneous) travel plan. Domo did NOT disappoint. I rarely give five stars, but I really did not have much negative to say. In fact, I would have to say it was the best sushi (nigiri) that I have had in the Bay to date. Things that I tried (and she left it to my jurisdiction):
- uni (sea urchin) shooter (appetizer)
- scallop shooter (appetizer)
- Hamachi Carpaccio
- Daddy Roll (special of the day)
- hamachi belly nigiri
- salmon belly nigiri
- snow crab nigiri
- uni nigiri
Shooters: uni + scallop
– good presentation: very clean
– pure, not too complicated: the uni came on top of avocado which complements texture wise but doesn’t overpower that of the uni. The scallop came out super clean and sweet, slightly torched but definitely not even close to being overcooked or fully cooked.
– quantity: the pieces of scallop and uni were very large and they were generous with their portions.
– great amount of fish, definitely shareable
– not overly seasoned with the sauce
– fish was fresh
Daddy Roll: tempura roll with salmon on the inside, fish roe (tobiko?) as well as topped with salmon on the outside (possibly smoked, but I cannot remember sadly)
– good quantity: huge amount of fish/filler and plenty of roll pieces to share
– good flavors and well balanced: not too much rice, the tempura and salmon on the inside were able to come through
– could have a bit more fresh fish on the inside but I tend to be more of a fan of raw fish versus cooked fish. The balance was fine, this is more of a personal preference.
Snow Crab Nigiri
– good quantity of snow crab
– very filling
– crab was not too salty (some snow crab come ridiculously salty from the salt water that it is frozen but I could be mistaken)
– not as sweet as I would prefer, then again, it is not snow crab season.
Hamachi Belly Nigiri
– super generous with the fish
– hamachi belly was super flavorful: anything belly is, but this was an incredible rich but light and clean flavor
– not overpowered by the wasabi underneath: I honestly feel that sometimes too much wasabi can kill a piece of really amazing nigiri.
Salmon Belly Nigiri: this is probably one of my favorite types of nigiri. It’s not easy to find as well although I seem to have found it
– very generous with the fish like the hamachi belly
– not overpowering with the wasabi
– cut was probably a tad bit thinner than the hamachi belly, but if I were to assume that because salmon is richer in flavor, it would be too overpowering to have as thick of a cut similar to the hamachi. That being said, this was probably more of a preference than a con.
Uni nigiri: from Hokkaido. Can’t go wrong.
– super generous with the uni
– super fresh uni: Believe it or not, I’ve actually had spoiling uni, in Hawaii of all places, where the uni tasted metallic. My friend told me later after a bout of GI issues that the metallic taste was consistent for uni-gone-bad. No issues here at Domo!
I would hands down come back here. There is no real table seating though, and this place gets crowded very quickly. Their rolls were also very unique and their daily special rolls were even more exciting. Service was on point, waitresses were very attentive, but it also wasn’t a full house when we were there and the last game of the finals for professional basketball (Warriors vs. Cavs). All in all, a summary:
- uni (sea urchin) shooter (appetizer): **** (4 stars)
- scallop shooter (appetizer): ***.85 (3.85 stars)
- Hamachi Carpaccio: ***.85 (3.85 stars)
- Daddy Roll (special of the day): ***.75 (3.75 stars)
- hamachi belly nigiri: **** (4 stars)
- salmon belly nigiri: **** (4 stars)
- snow crab nigiri: ***.8 (3.8 stars)
- uni nigiri: **** (4 stars)
You can find them tucked away in Hayes Valley with a red neon sign. Don’t be fooled, it’s not tacky or blinding.511 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102
b/t Linden St & Fell St
Please definitely get your sushi fix here. It’s not michelin-star but comes so close in my opinion.