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Sushi on North Beach
745 Columbus Avenue
Pluses: good sushi and a large selection of sakes
Minuses: not a wide range of seafood everyday
Prices: Sushi from $3-6; Entrees $12-$16
Overview: Lunch: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday; Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday
Katsu Matsuda opened Sushi on North Beach in the space that was, for many years, Brasserie Tomo. His traditional sushi creations include the crunchy, fresh-tasting mirugai (giant clam), velvety uni (sea urchin roe) and buttery toro (delicious fatty tuna - done here in a maki sushi roll complemented by wisps of green onion). Matsuda's restful restaurant centers on his personal attention at the sushi bar and the dreamy, Enya-like background music. Matsuda also serves up to 40 premium sakes. The balance of the menu includes teriyaki, tempura and a curry plate.