Your dreams of chicken teriyaki and Americanized rolls are to be utterly crushed here as Yuzuki's tasting menu oozes authenticity. The menu reminds me of a more casual Kaiseki dinner. Kaiseiki, although common in Japan is actually quite hard to find in America and trying to explain it is even more difficult.
Kaiseki is akin to a multi-course fancy pants dinner with seasonal ingredients — A Japanese Amuse Bouche, Soup, Sunomono (a cold cucumber / vegetation salad), Yakimono (grilled skewers), etc. Like lobster and cheap acrylic nails, this sort of practice trickled up from the peasants to nobility. Originally created from foraging monks with limited resources, now the legit Kaiseki can run a hole in your pocket. A certain delicate, theatrical luxury that only few can afford.
Although Yuzuki does not claim to serve Kaiseki, their tasting menu is very reminiscent of that. There was a very thought out balance in pacing, taste, and execution of each dish.
We started with a delicate Zaru tofu with fresh sea salt. Mild and unassuming it led way to three specially prepared vegetable tasters — tart skinned tomato with shiso, bitter cucumber and radish with a creamy peanut sauce, a sort of reinvented corn dish. A wakame salad with dungeness crab followed along with yakitori — two types of chicken, porkbelly, and mushrooms. Finally we finished with their infamous clay pot salmon dish. An homage to a classic Japanese tradition, their tasting menu is sure to delight those who try.
Yuzuki is located on 598 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110