This Berkeley restaurant offers one-of-a-kind sushi creations and delicious specialties off the robata grill not found anywhere else. The minimalist decor centers on the long, curved sushi bar, where, says the Zagat Survey, "the fish is so fresh it practically leaps out of the nori. Bonito is the star of the deluxe sashimi dinner, each strip a deep, dark, shimmering red. The restaurant's attention to detail is displayed in food as humble as ohitashi, cooked spinach served cold in dashi stock. Other menu dishes include miso-marinated cod with crisped-skin sea bass with butter sauce and smoky grilled corn. Kirala, says the management, "is consistently voted one of the best Japanese restaurants, where loyal patrons spend a relaxed evening ordering tasty appetizers and main dishes, while enjoying Japanese beer and premium sakes from Japan."
San Francisco Chronicle: "Delicious grilled morsels from the robata grill at reasonable prices. Fantastic sushi."