The group powering one particular of San Francisco’s top steakhouses has a new task in the functions. Given that 2019, chef Marc Zimmerman has been searing steaks and breaking down total animals at Ittoryu Gozu, the large-stop Japanese steakhouse housed in a bold, modern area just off the Embarcadero. Now Zimmerman, tech entrepreneur Ben Jorgensen, and a staff of Gozu alumni together with Chef de Cuisine Jessie Lugo will provide a relaxed Japanese restaurant and bar to 545 Mission Road, about four blocks absent from Gozu.
Termed Yokai, which means “spirit” in Japanese, the new restaurant is envisioned to open in early 2023 and draws inspiration from Japanese listening bars. To total the soon after-perform vibes, plans for the cafe also include the installation of a classic McIntosh audio process to be complemented with an “extensive vinyl assortment.” ALM Style Studio will renovate the pre-Prohibition place, with its soaring ceilings and uncovered brick.
By means of press release Zimmerman claims he’s hunting to Japanese after perform bars for inspiration on Yokai, which will concentrate on “Japanese whisky and cocktails as effectively as brandies, cognacs and the budding Japanese gin scene.” On the meals side, the coronary heart of the menu will be shareable plates and yakitori skewers cooked about binchotan charcoal. Though Gozu’s meat-loving fan foundation can be expecting substantial plates like a gradual-roasted wagyu neck and smaller plates like coal-seared wagyu carpaccio, the menu will have fish and seafood alternatives — like steamed full Japanese sea bream and King salmon stomach skewers with matcha, buttermilk and dill — as well as vegetables and generate from Tenbrink Farms.
In addition to Chef de Cuisine Jessie Lugo, Zimmerman’s tapping quite a few other Gozu abilities for Yokai such as Beverage Director Jordan Abraham and Common Manager Molly Mueller, the two of whom will break up time involving the two eating places.
Yokai, 545 Mission Street, is expected to open in early 2023.