First Look: Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar, New on Mission St.
After some soft-opening activity over the weekend, the new Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar (3283 Mission St.) is officially ready to go. Owners Erin and chef Tim Archuleta have been running the restaurant's predecessor, Ichi Sushi, across the way for just about four years to rave reviews and a very strong local following. The same focus on sustainable fish, inventive omakase and scary addictive fried chicken wings will continue at the new Ichi. But now, with double the square footage, there's room for the izakaya-style Ni Bar as well.
A 30-seat sushi bar takes up most of the front room. A chef's counter for omakase and a booze-bar-flanked dining room take up the back. As of press time, most of the walls are still waiting for their artwork, but a huge, distinctive mural by neighboring friend Erik Marinovich (see it here) depicts sushi etiquette without being too serious. "We wanted to make sure it didn't say 'don't do this, don't do that'," explains Erin. "So the end result is light-hearted." Adding to the fun of it all, former Range sommelier Ken Furusawa curates an impressive list of unusual sakes, shochus and beers. There is Miyasaka Junmai Sake Matinee (which is theoretically "great for day drinking" at just 12% alcohol), black-sugar shochu that tastes like agricole rum and the only Hitachino white ale on tap in the city. Now take a look at some of the best dishes at Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar in the slide show. And make note: the old Ichi is now closed in preparation for its big return as the Archuleta's new raw bar, sometime this spring.