San Francisco, CA 94123
SF Weekly's Description
The theme of this lovely izakaya-style restaurant seems to be petrified forest, a space where aged wood segues into poured concrete and the gray of fog meets the gray of slate. Chotto's menu of three-bite dishes is arranged from sashimi and salads to grilled fish and red meat. Chef Armando Justo segues easily between classic Japanese and Western flavors, and does some beautiful things with a charcoal grill: Mackerel fillets come off the fire all crackling edges and buttery flesh; skewered chicken meatballs (tsukune) are punctuated by the airy crunch of water chestnuts; pork ribs with a caramelized miso glaze barely cling to the bone.
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