Pink Zebra Review
I love secret restaurants where you have to walk through somewhere else to get to where you’re going – Beauty and Essex in NYC, Roe in Portland and Pink Zebra in SF. I think I basically made reservations at Pink Zebra because you have to walk into a weird fake Chinese restaurant store front to get there.
If you’re going to go to Pink Zebra, make reservations for the 5-person omakase bar. If you don’t know, omakase in Japanese is basically, “I’ll leave it to you” which means you get the chef’s tasting menu. If you’ve seen Jiro: Dreams of Sushi, it’s that sort of situation. They have an a la carte menu as well if that isn’t enough food (and it was for A and I and we both are pretty solid eaters) or if you don’t make a reservation at the omakase.
When you’re eating omakase, don’t dunk the nigiri or sashimi in soy sauce (just lightly brush it over soy sauce if necessary), don’t put a ton of wasabi in your soy sauce and it’s totally okay to eat it with your hands since it was traditionally Japanese street food. If you’re not at omakase, please use chop sticks, because nothing makes me want to stab a person with chop sticks more than seeing someone a) eat a roll and b) let alone eat it with their hands. (I’m a nigiri/sashimi the whole way kind of girl – I don’t need my fish junked up and a ton of rice).
The sushi chef at Pink Zebra is named Ryo. He tells you about each type of fish, where it is from and will chat with you throughout the meal. Pink Zebra is the passion project of Mission Chinese chef Jesse Koides. I still haven’t been to Mission Chinese but I’m dying to go – especially because they have MSG shakers at the table and the totally non-healthy, hip part of me is seriously into that.
The night we were there they had sea urchin, which raised the price a bit. Apparently it’s an acquired taste – I don’t know if I was fished-out by the point or if I just have the taste but I was fine with it. A absolutely hated it.
If you want actual good sushi and not shit you get at Nakama in Pittsburgh (#sorryimnotsorry) or somewhere equally as try-hard, go to Pink Zebra. But then again, what meal in SF is bad?
Chat with me:
Do you like sushi? What is your favorite type? Have you ever ate at the omakasae? What food wouldn’t you try?