Japantown Center can cause a sort of sensory overload. Everywhere you look there are bright signs above stores selling everything from crepes to stuffed animals to Japanese drawing pens, but in the middle of all of that is Oma San Francisco Station. This omakase bar only has eight seats and is completely open to the rest of the mall, but when you’re facing the restaurant, the noise behind you fades away and it’s overall a pretty calm experience. There are different sized options to try, from a $30 five-piece to an $85 12-piece dinner. The five piece is enough to fill you up, and the chefs behind the counter are willing to explain things to you as detailed or not detailed as you like, depending on how curious you are about the fish.
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