Sunday, August 7, 2011

Food adventures in the Bay

Eman's visiting this weekend, and I wanted to make sure that he got a taste of the city away from the traditional tourist sights. Eman, Bunny and I went had dinner at some of the city's jewels the last two nights - Zushi Puzzle and Mr. Pollo.
First, Zushi Puzzle - If you make a reservation at the bar and order "Omakase", the chef, Roger, will make you sashimi for hours with fish imported that morning from Japan. We didn't do that, but I did order a sashimi platter that put other places I've been to shame. They also served Wild Hamachi (Yellowtail) something that I've never seen offered anywhere else.
We also had a Dynasty Roll - soft shell crab and real crab all wrapped up in goodness - but unfortunately my iPhone decided to reject that photo and it has been lost. I guess we'll just have to go back and get it again so I can post an update. Everything at Zushi Puzzle was really fresh and buttery smooth, an absolutely amazing meal.

Last night, we had dinner at Mr. Pollo in the Mission. I've written about this restaurant before, but Bunny and I didn't take photos because we were too busy eating!
The restaurant is TINY, it opens at 6pm and people line up to get in for the first seating. The restaurant seats about 10 max, and once the restaurant is full they close the doors and turn people away (they will take your phone number and call you when a table opens up). The big draw of Mr. Pollo is the tasting menu. Chef Manny goes shopping during the day and buys whatever he thinks looks fresh and tasty. When you sit down and order his menu, you receive a 4 course meal of his fresh ingredients. Last night we were treated to an assortment of dishes with beets, plantains, squash, halibut, cauliflower, beef, pork loin, butter beans, and various edible flowers. We also supplemented the meal with pork arepas, toasted corn bread shells filled with pork, fresh salsa, and a creamy green sauce. The meal was absolutely wonderful, and for dessert we took home some fresh pie from Mission Pies. Mr. Pollo is a place that can't be properly appreciated until it is experienced, but Eman had the best description of it - "It's like Iron Chef the restaurant"

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