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From Umami to Nombe: Restaurants Step Up Tsunami Relief Efforts Across Town

Ten percent of Tsunami's sake bottle sales go to relief efforts in Japan. Photo: Flickr/Thomas Hawk

A local posse of Bay Area restaurants are leaping to action to help Japan recover from Friday's earthquake, tsunami and devastating after effects. Twenty-seat La Lengua sushi spot, Ichi Sushi, was among the first to rally for the cause this past weekend, raising $550 for American Red Cross over the course of two nights. Now, a look at other San Francisco restaurants where you can help out by dining out.

Cow Hollow Japanese restaurant Umami is donating all profits and tips from dinner service next Tuesday night (March 22) to the cause. Tiger Beer and World Sake Imports have also donated products for the evening. It'll make for a lively night of fundraising. Make reservations via the website

Steve and Koko Fjuii, who opened the first Ebisu Japanese restaurant in San Francisco over 30 years ago, will donate a portion of profits made at all three Ebisu outposts and Hotei noodle and sushi house for the next week to the American Red Cross relief efforts.

This Wednesday (March 16), Park Chalet  will be accepting donations on behalf of the American Red Cross. Anyone who gives $5 or more will be rewarded with happy hour deals beginning at 3 p.m. and a free movie screening of Spider Man at 7:30 p.m. Random, we know, but the thought is certainly there.

SFoodie has passed on word that JapaCurry Japanese curry food truck will donate 10% of sales this week to the Japanese Red Cross Society. They'll also have a dropbox on site to accept donations. The truck will be at Pine and Sansome today during the lunch hour. Check their Twitter feed or website for the truck's schedule this week.

Mission izakaya Nombe is donating $3 from a different food item every day to the Japanese Chamber of Commerce.  Find out about the item of the day on their daily Twitter feed. For the past few nights, the restaurant's carefully crafted tonkatsu and curry ramen bowls have been part of the deal.

Tsunami sushi is obviously also getting involved. Both their Panhandle and Mission Bay locations will give 10% of Japanese sake bottle sales to the cause and sister restaurant Nihon will contribute 10% of sales from Japanese whisky bottles. The fundraiser will continue indefinitely.

Have you heard of another eatery in town that's doing something for the good of Japan? Feel free to do your part and add it in the comments section.