Let’s start with the obvious here – Sushi Delight SF is not a brunch spot. This is not to say that I’m against the idea of sushi early in the day; after all, dim sum brunch at Chubby Noodle has been one of the best we’ve gone to. Unfortunately, Sushi Delight just doesn’t open until 5pm.
Nonetheless, I think it’s worthy of a review here because even if it doesn’t have brunch, it does have bottomless. Specifically, it’s all you can eat sushi (and assorted other Japanese food) and all you can drink beer and sake. If that’s not in the spirit of Brunch Club, I don’t know what is.
All you can drink will run you $25, but if you’re coming to Sushi Delight, you might as well show up hungry and just do the all you can eat and drink for $29. There’s a two hour limit, but unless the place is packed they’re pretty liberal about that. The drinks include your standard Japanese beers (Sapporo, Asahi, Kirin) and house sake (only hot, but they’ll at least bring it to you room temperature if you ask). In case you were wondering what the etiquette around dropping your sake into your beer is here, “Sake Bomb” is explicitly listed under the drink section of the menu.
You can also get soda but, y’know, don’t.
I’ll be honest – I’m generally opposed to all you can eat sushi. Sushi is one of those foods where quality matters, and you’re not getting great quality at this price. The chefs take the usual route to cover up the low quality here; the vast majority of the rolls have fried fish and/or are doused in sauce. If you’re a sushi snob, be prepared.
That said, there’s a whole host of other Japanese food on the menu that’s actually pretty solid. You can start with some gyoza and tempura then move onto chicken or pork katsu for a good meal (which, let’s not forget, you’re paying $4 for).
Sushi Delight SF is a small restaurant, so there’s always someone nearby to get you another round of food and/or drink. The sake and beers both come out in bottles, so you’re not liable to run out even if you’re doing round after round of sake bombs.
The staff definitely know what kind of crowd they’re drawing, so they take no offense if you’re a little drunk and boisterous.
Sushi Delight is a fun spot, just not the best place for sushi. Still, it’s a rowdy environment with good service and certainly a fine way to kick off a Friday or Saturday night with a whole lot of drinks for a reasonable price.
One last important note – it’s right next door to The Mint (and in fact there’s a door that goes straight from Sushi Delight into The Mint), so once you’ve got your liquid courage in you, you don’t have to go far to let loose your finest rendition of Kiss From a Rose.