Last week I had lunch with my friends Sarah and Nirav at the Slanted Door in San Francisco. Not surprisingly, while sharing Shaking beef, Lemongrass chicken, and about twenty other dishes, the conversation turned to dinner. I had an impossible list of places I wanted to hit up on my very short trip to the city, but I forgot about it completely after hearing their strong recommendation for Zushi Puzzle, a sushi restaurant in the Marina. Sarah got me a last-minute reservation and scored me a seat at the bar. The best seat in the house, to be exact, right next to Roger, one of San Francisco’s most famous sushi chefs. I ordered the omakase at Nirav’s suggestion and this is what followed.
A hand roll of deep fried soft shell crab.
Next up, live scallop nigiri.
Monkfish liver, aka foie gras of the sea. This was badass.
And so were the scallop feet tempura. Yes, scallops have feet. And they can be deep fried!
Salmon sashimi with cucumber wasabi dressing.
Uni with organic tofu. It’s like sea urchin roe custard. Amazing.
An edible fish sculpture with a head and a tail all up in it. There were five types of salmon, butterfish, flying fish, tuna, and some other stuff I can’t remember because by this point nothing was making sense.
Soy sauce marinated tuna cheeks, aka the filet mignon of the sea, which did taste like grilled steak. But then again, I was hallucinating by this point.
It just keeps coming. More nigiri. Food coma…
And finally, wasabi flan and plum/watermelon sorbet.