Japan has been on my mind, but with no time to travel, I did the next best thing, sought out Japanese cuisine. Fortunately San Francisco has a good selection of Japanese restaurants and happily Pabu offered just what I desired, imaginative cuisine and artisan cocktails in the convenient location at 101 California.
The restaurant features Izakaya style dining and sushi from Chef Ken Tominaga in collaboration with Michael Mina. The beautiful restaurant is bright with an abundance of natural light. It is a great pick for a business meeting or cocktails and snacks with friends. The food and cocktails make an unbeatable combination.
Sampling one of the signature cocktails
We started with a cocktail: Citrus had gin #209, fresh grapefruit juice, thyme syrup, lavender and wasabi salt, while Autumn contained junmai sake, coconut, honey syrup, and yuzu. The names and combinations of ingredients were intriguing such as Smoke and Earth. There is also an array of whiskey cocktails and of course, sake. The cocktails are as delightful to look at as they are to drink.
It was difficult to narrow the choices for the meal, so we ordered a little of everything. The sushi was beautiful to behold, artfully arranged on the platter, complemented by the savory Kaiso seaweed salad. Next we tried noodles with mushrooms and greens in a rich broth, the shrimp tempura, and the Miso black cod, one of my favorite dishes. It was a delicious introduction to Pabu and their interpretation of Japanese cuisine.
After our feast, there was no appetite left to sample the desserts which included a soy-caramel custard, white chocolate, green tea mousse with huckleberry jam, and a sake roll cake.
Details: Pabu is located at 101 California Street in San Francisco. They are open for lunch Monday – Friday, dinner is served daily and the bar is open daily. To make a reservation visit their website or call 415-668-7228.