Located in the Inner Sunset neighborhood, Kitchen Kura is a Japanese restaurant located one block away from Golden Gate Park that offers dinner throughout the week, and lunch on Saturdays. Known for offering generous portions of food, and a great deal of Japanese food variety that customers say they normally don’t get at other restaurants – diners also enjoy free salad, miso soup, and tortilla chips to dip in a tasty Japanese curry with their meals.
Address: 1525 Irving St
(between 16th Ave & 17th Ave)
Phone: (415) 731-2054
Kitchen Kura provides a menu reflecting Japanese home-style cooking, which offers two-entrée combination dinners served with an appetizer, fresh salad, miso soup, rice and green tea. Options for the combos include Fried Tofu, Baked Salmon, Deep-Fried Shrimp, and Beef Hamburger Steak with a beef based bouillon. Chef’s Specials may include Miso Butter Fish, Curry Udon, and a bowl of Unagi Don (broiled eel on rice).
A la carte menu items include Chicken Hearts on Skewer with Teriyaki and Ginger Sauce; Garlic Edamame; and Calamari Tempura with Tartar Soy Sauce. Okonomiyaki is the chef’s famous Japanese pancake, made with flour, cabbage, egg and toppings. Some of the options you may consider for the pancake include Kobe-style beef, squid, pork, vegetable, and Osaka (octopus, red ginger, and green onion). Green tea, house wines, and a variety of sake accompany some of the favorite dishes of the restaurant, which includes:
• Namban Chicken (fried garlic chicken served with homemade spicy or mild tartar sauce), which provides a tasty, crunchy treat.
• Sukitaki (tofu, onion, beef, sweet soy sauce) that comes with variations of the combo, including white butter fish is served in healthy portions that are said to leave customers feeling full after their meal.
Also, a word to the wise – if you plan on paying for your meal using a credit card, please note there is a $15 minimum charge that must be met.
In addition to sampling the entrees offered on a Today’s Specials menu or savoring the tasty chucks of chicken in the Namban Chicken, past customers praise the following menu items at Kitchen Kura:
• Offering rich sauces and crispy squid, the Ika Okonimiyaki is a blend of flour, cabbage, egg, and squid drizzled with okonomiyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise, and for some, “choosing squid was the best decision ever.”
• Eggplant in Dashi (fried eggplant with dashi bouillon soy sauce and fresh grazed ginger) is highly recommended for people who love eggplant.
• The Beef Sukiyaki is a favorite of customers, who enjoy the “delicious sauce and onions.”
Closest Golden Gate Park Attractions
The closest attractions in Golden Gate Park to Kitchen Kura include Mother’s Playground and the San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Hours: Lunch – Sat from noon to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner – Sun & Tue-Thu from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fri & Sat from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed on Mondays