Finding a new restaurant in one's 'hood can be exciting. New place. New food. New possibilities for dining and hanging out. I've been admiring Kiji Sushi Bar and Cuisine on Guerrero ever since it opened. Something about the clean decor highlighted by red lamps speaks to me.
Had I known they have jalapenos on the menu, we would've visited sooner. Paired with an $8 Happy Hour sake sampler, it was a wonderful way to while away the evening. We also enjoyed items like: potato croquettes ($4.95), Albacore Tataki ($12) and a lovely dish of Red White Tuna Poki ($12.95) stacked in an artful, appealing way. The chef does a good job at presenting food in an unexpected way.
The Stuffed Jalapenos are an appetizer, and cost $4.95. Kiji's sushi chefs take two large green jalapenos sliced lengthwise and stuff with a spicy tuna mix. Oscar nibbled on one and left me with three halves. I had to watch out for the heat levels to increase while chewing. The back of my throat seemed to incur the most fire. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the hottest, the Stuffed Jalapenos rank a 6 1/2. One quibble: the tuna seemed a little on the dry side.
Kiji Sushi Bar and Cuisine
1009 Guerrero Street, SF.