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Celebrate Oktoberfest with Asian-German San Francisco Dining

By: Hotel Nikko San Francisco / 03 Oct 2019
Celebrate Oktoberfest with Asian-German San Francisco Dining

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Exquisite German-Asian Cuisine at Restaurant ANZU

Embark on a culinary adventure throughout the month of October with ANZU's Oktoberfest celebration. We're offering a special tasting menu that combines the very best of German cuisine and Japanese technique for a gastronomic experience that's unlike anything you've had before. ANZU is Hotel Nikko's signature contemporary Japanese restaurant, an acclaimed artisanal hotspot for the freshest seasonal flavors and creative culinary twists. This month we're featuring a unique Global Tasting Menu that brings the authentic cuisine of Germany to you. Discover an unforgettable San Francisco dining experience that pays homage to the legacy of German and Japanese immigrants in the city with every bite.

What Is Oktoberfest?

It all began with a lavish royal wedding over 200 years ago. Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, a region of southern Germany, was married to the beautiful Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810 in Munich. Every citizen of the town was invited to celebrate the joyous affair, which centered around horse racing on the fields in front of the city gates. The party was so popular that they hosted another the next year, and the next, and the next…and they're still doing it today. While there are no longer horse races at Oktoberfest in Munich, the celebration now features carousels and carnival rides, brass bands and parades, and of course - giant beer tents and beer halls. Munich's Oktoberfest celebration is literally the biggest party on the planet. And as German immigrants traveled to new homes around the globe in the mid- to late-1800s, they brought Oktoberfest with them.

Early Japanese & German Immigrants in the Bay Area

The first German and Japanese immigrants first arrived in California and the Bay Area in the 1850s, following the famous 1849 Gold Rush along with hundreds of thousands of others from China, France, Italy, and Portugal. A real estate boom in the early 1880s attracted even more German settlers, and Japanese arrivals also increased after 1885 when they were legally allowed by their home country to emigrate. For almost two centuries, the two ethnic groups have met, mingled, and matriculated around the city of San Francisco together. This month, Restaurant ANZU honors these immigrants and the lasting impression that they, like so many other immigrant groups, have left upon the city of San Francisco. Our chef would also like to pay homage to the Nikkei (Japanese emigrants and their descendants) who have created communities not just in California but throughout the world. Please join us with this special tasting menu inspired by the Nikkei, which combines foreign and unfamiliar ingredients with Japanese technique - and one-of-a-kind ANZU flair.

Peruse the ANZU Global Tasting Menu: Germany

Choose three or four courses for your German-Japanese dinner adventure. Our Global Tasting Menu is available with or without the drink pairings.
PIG & FIG with pork belly, tomato-fig puree, toasted furikake crumble, yuzu crème fraiche, and bruléed fig. Pair with Domaine De Triennes Rosé, Provence, France 2016
Mid Course:
SCOTTISH SALMON BELLY with Yukon gold potato pancake, paddle fish caviar, lemon aioli, and fresh dill. Pair with Dr. Crusius ‘Traiser Rotenfels' Kabinett Riesling, Nahe, Germany 2016.
Main Course (Choose One):
MISOYAKI SCHNITZEL with crispy miso marinated pork loin, Fuji apple, napa cabbage tsukemono, and hollandaise. Pair with ANZU Bru apricot blonde ale, San Francisco Brewing Co., California.
~OR~ GRILLED NEW YORK STRIP (4oz) with brown butter spätzle, shiitake mushroom, pickled carrots, and puffed rice "paper." Pair with Ramey Claret Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Napa Valley, California 2015.
WARM "GERMAN" CHOCOLATE CAKE with caramelized almond brittle, coconut gelato, and salted caramel sauce. Pair with Sandman 10.
The pricing for our Germany Global Tasting Menu with pairings is $56 for three courses or $68 for four courses; the price without pairings is $38 for three courses or $45 for four courses. Please contact Restaurant ANZU to make your table reservations by calling 415.394.1100, or online at

Savor Imaginative Asian Cuisine at Hotel Nikko's Restaurant ANZU

Located in the city's vibrant Union Square district, Restaurant ANZU offers an unmatched San Francisco dining experience. Discover a deliciously creative menu of the freshest seasonal, organic, and sustainable foods from California - all crafted with vibrant Asian flavors and innovative San Francisco style. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (plus brunch on Sunday), ANZU features an inviting sushi bar and imaginative cocktails. You'll encounter a delightful happy hour every day from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., along with a stunning wine selection. Relax in a chic, intimate setting where every bite is a revelation and every moment feels special.

Experience Authentic San Francisco at Hotel Nikko

Feel the dynamic energy of the Bay Area from the heart of the city at Hotel Nikko. Just a five-minute walk from Union Square, our Japanese-inspired boutique hotel offers a one-of-a-kind experience that's near everything. Walk to exquisite of San Francisco dining and amazing shopping at Macy's and the Westfield mall. Stroll three minutes to reach the Powell Street BART station and ride San Francisco's famous cable cars. Explore the city and then come back to relax in the lap of luxury - a true oasis with a glass-enclosed indoor pool, fashionable cocktail lounge, and upscale nightclub venue. From our sumptuous rooms to our immaculate service, discover all the elements for an unforgettable San Francisco getaway at Hotel Nikko

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