Inner Sunset’s New Japanese Hot Pot Restaurant

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Nabe, Inner Sunset’s new Japanese hot-pot restaurant opened this past December. Nabe is a nabemono hot-pot restaurant with a clean modern decor. Chef Isamu Kanai and owner Hilwin Wong have surely drawn a crowd with their wonderful choices of broth and high quality organic, locally sourced produce.

Kimchi + Kurobuta Pork Belly & Sukiyaki at Nabe in San Francisco. Photo by Matthew Ma.

Kimchi + Kurobuta Pork Belly & Sukiyaki at Nabe in San Francisco.

While Nabe is a bit small on size (32 seats), it’s big on “high quality” flavors. It’s a must try!


  • Sukiyaki – Washugyu beef with Warishita broth
  • Kimchi + Kurobuta Pork Belly – Berkshire pork belly with Kimchi Aka Miso broth

* Traditional Nabe pairings, includes meat/seafood, broth, accompanied by noodles and assorted vegetables, finished with Zosui rice soup. [Reg $18., Large $22.]

Nabe's noodles.

Nabe’s noodles. Photos by Matthew Ma.

Both of the broth’s were amazing! The Warishita broth had a nice sweet savory taste, while the Miso broth had a spicy kick that was just right (medium). The Washugyu beef and Kurobuta Pork belly were tasty and even came with their own dipping sauce! Be sure to save room for the Zosui rice soup at the end; it comes with an egg, seaweed, green onions, and your choose of which soup to put it in. My wife and I chose to put it in our Warishita broth which we thought came out perfect.

Quick Tips:

  • For parties of 6 or more, call in for reservations.

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1325 9th Ave
(between Irving St & Judah St)
San Francisco, CA 94122
Neighborhood: Inner Sunset
(415) 731-2658


The Verdict

9.5 out of 10 – AMAZING

THE GOOD: Savory flavored soups | Delicious food | Zosui rice soup

THE BAD: Waiting 1 hour on a Friday night while watching everyone sitting at the tables eating and salivating away.

About the Author

World traveler and food enthusiast Matthew Ma shares with readers his reviews on the hottest restaurants, travel and leisure spots world wide. His column “The Jet-setter” appears every Friday on