Onigilly Opens Today in the Financial District

The view from the mezzanine of the compact new space.
The view from the mezzanine of the compact new space. Photo: Courtesy of Onigilly

As promised, Japanese rice-ball and rice-bowl purveyor Onigilly is opening their first brick-and-mortar shop today at 343 Kearny Street. It’s another success story for La Cocina, the local food-business incubator, and a first for owner Koji Kanematsu, who came to the U.S. six years ago. Customers have a choice of getting vegetables, meat, or seafood (or a combination) as a topping for triangle-shaped onigillys (actually onigiri if this were Japan), rice bowls, or noodle salads. Some examples of toppings: bacon cooked with garlic butter and chili sauce; sautéed lotus root with sesame oil, soy, and chili; ginger-soy braised beef; unagi; or spicy shrimp. See the full menu here. You should know that the Onigilly cart will still be making appearances at farmers’ markets and festivals and such, but downtown workers will now have it as a permanent new lunch option. [Scoop, Earlier]