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222 Mason Street (in the Hotel Nikko) San Francisco
Pluses: Interesting combination of steaks and sushi.
Minuses: It is located in a cold, corporate hotel.
Overview: Hours: Breakfast Mon.-Fri., Lunch & Dinner daily, Sun. Brunch
The decor is a step up from the previous dining venue here, which now features an updated light tan wall treatment, touches of wood and lots of green marble. If hotel guests are from parts of the world where a prime dry-aged steak is the usual choice for dinner, they will be very happy with the main focus of the menu. But if they are interested in lighter fare, the sushi and other seafood offerings will delight. There is a sashimi platter, or an extensive sushi and sashimi platter, or the less seen rare marinated beef plus California and cucumber rolls plate. But besides all the seafood, there is a foie gras terrine, a slow-roasted tomato soup or a classic caesar salad for starters. The steaks, prime all the way, come with a selection of sauces from hoisin barbeque to a classic bearnaise. Side dishes range from a wild mushroom bread pudding to the thinnest and crispest fries. If you can wait 25 minutes, the bittersweet chocolate truffle cake with vanilla ice cream is well worth it. In addition to lunch and dinner, Anzu Nikko offers either traditional American or Japanese breakfasts on weekdays, and a Jazz Sunday brunch.