You’re game to try anything and everything. Except when it results in food coma.
Satisfy your need for variety without going hog wild at Chotto, a new izakaya-style restaurant opening tonight in the Marina.
Shareable small plates, like miso gnocchi and tuna tartare with quail egg and chili oil, combine local ingredients with traditionally clean Japanese flavors. Chef Armando Justo, who trained for eight years under Sho Kamio at Yoshi’s, is even flying in fish for nigiri from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market.
Sake and shochu cocktails use handmade purees and seasonal ingredients (no lychee martinis here). And the stylish, laid-back dining room (reclaimed barn wood, white subway tiles, marble bar, two private areas adorned with paper kites and lanterns) stays open late on weekends.
So you have time to digest.
Chotto, 3317 Steiner Street, between Chestnut and Lombard Streets (415-441-2223).
Photo: Courtesy of Chotto