Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hana Zen - San Francisco

Spicy tuna roll
This year's Christmas eve we spent at San Francisco catching pokemon. Yup, you read it right. Catching pokemon. No better place to catch pokemon in San Francisco other than Pier 39. So we decided to also plan for a dinner there so we don't have to venture out for meal. Of all the choices available we decided on Hana Zen - a restaurant offering Japanese cuisine at the end of the pier.

We got there early like around 5:30 and the sun was just about to set. Though we got a window table facing Golden Gate bridge, the sunset was not very impressive due to the cloudy sky. And I think the Chart House on the end of the pier would have a better view of the bridge on a clear day.

We selected chicken teriyaki combo, tempura udon and a side of spicy tuna roll. Out of all of those the spicy tuna roll was the only one that was under performing. The chicken teriyaki was crispy on the skin side (yeah I know) so I guess it was probably pan fried. The amount was very generous. If you have been to like Yoshinoya before the amount of the chicken was probably three times the amount of the normal Yoshinoya bowl.
Tempura as part of the tempura udon 

The tempura udon was plain udon soup with the tempura on the side. There's option to add more topping on the udon but we declined it. The tempura amount was generous as well. At least 7 pieces of tempura cooked to perfection.
Chicken teriyaki with side of veggies and steam rice

So for the location and the price they charged I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of food.

Hana Zen
PIER 39, Pier 39 M209 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 421-8822