The Michelin star was the draw and while the meal was good, it should have been better. Certainly not worth a flight to San Francisco.
Upon being seated I noticed that not only was the chair fabric worn, my seat was actually torn through with stuffing exposed. I looked around and saw other chairs whose dark brown wood stain and varnish were chipped to expose blond wood inside. As hosts for the evening we were already uncomfortable inviting guests to a place that looked a bit long in the tooth.
We ordered the tasting menu for ourselves and our guests with wine/sake pairings. It seemed the best way to get a variety of tastes and allow the restaurant to shine. It was really meh - favors were subdued and unimaginative. The ceviche was drab - neither spicy nor citrus, just a couple of pieces of fish with some decoration to make it look much more than the taste delivered. The tasting menu version of the house special black cod comes without the famous dumpling. Why? The flavor was really not special - just tender cod in broth with carrots and some greens. We also had the lobster and scallop which had a nice sauce, but it was too late in the otherwise dull meal to impress. We ordered 4 of the five desserts that were nice. Just nice.
Service was attentive but far too informal for a restaurant of this stature. The fire alarm with strobe lights that our server dismissed with, "Oh, it happens all the time" was perhaps beyond their control, but it didn't help. Again, why do they have the star?
Fusion when done well is fabulous. This was ok, but just ok. No idea why they have the Michelin star. No reason to travel to San Francisco for this one. Sorry.