No need to rub your eyes. You're not seeing stars — unless you mean Michelin stars. Nomica in the Castro is the celebrated sister of Sausalito's hit Sushi Ran. The clever name honors its location at the intersection of Noe (Valley), Mission and Castro, and it means "drinking house" in Japanese. Fittingly, Nomica offers awamori, an Okinawan spirit distilled from long-grain indica rice. The casual vibe belies the intense focus put into every dish. To leave without having tried the laminated brioche or seared seabass might be an unforgivable offense. Do so at your own peril.


A modern take on Japanese cuisine.
They don't hand out Michelin stars just because.
2233 Market St., Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114
Mon.-Sat., 5:30-11 p.m. Sunday brunch coming in 2017.


By Mike Weiss

San Francisco-based marketer Mike Weiss has an undying love for sports, film photography and anything with gin. He's a firm believer that the West Coast is the best coast. Find him on Twitter @mikeini.