There are countless brunch spots in San Francisco, but there's nothing like Okane. Okane officially launched their new Japanese-style brunch menu, inspired by traditional kaiseki—small, beautifully plated dishes served at tea ceremonies in Japan—combined with the type of breakfast offered to guests at a Japanese onsen ryokan (hot spring hotel). Patrick and I went to check it out on opening day this past Sunday and we're already planning on coming back with friends. This is seriously one of the best brunches I've ever had. Japanese breakfast, where have you been all my life?
Each brunch set offers a creative variety of small dishes at an incredible value. Prix fixe menus are priced at $18, $20 or $22, catering to both vegetarian and meat/seafood lovers. I talked to chef Edgar Agbayani and he explained that the idea behind this was inspired by a trip to Japan that he and owner Kash Feng took last year to research breakfasts at Japanese hot springs.
Patrick and I tried both the Megumi ($22) and Miyabi ($20) sets and loved them. The sets come with miso soup, pickles and a salad to start. We found the Megumi and Miyabi sets to be very filling yet well balanced, varying from light to slightly heavier dishes.
There's also an a la carte menu that's very enticing and hard to resist. The ebitama okonomiyaki is outstanding, crispy outside and fluffy inside. The savory pancake is filled with cabbage and plump shrimp, topped with bonito flakes, kewpie mayonnaise and a sweet umami sauce.
Towards the end of our meal, Chef Agbayani surprised us with a bite of their sashimi-style beet and shiso brine cured Scottish salmon for us to try. The salmon is absolutely divine, a must order! So silky, buttery and flavorful.
Update 2/18/2017 - The breakfast at Okane was so spectacular that we went to visit again with our friend Sandy, who writes the delightful food blog Foodhoe. I had to order the Megumi set, okonomiyaki, and beet cured Scottish salmon again.
In addition, we tried the Kashiwa set, which is focused mostly on chicken dishes. The chicken teriyaki and curry were very flavorful and delicious! It is a lighter option compared to the Miyabi and Megumi options.
Chef Agbayani surprises us again during this visit with a claypot of kani lobster gohan for us to enjoy. The best way to describe this is like a buttery Japanese risotto with crab, lobster and mushrooms that have been cooked in a stock made with Maine lobster shells. It is so rich and comforting!
Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on Sat/Sun. Trust me and go check it out. You'll never look at brunch the same way again.
Thank you so much for having us over, Okane!
669 Townsend Street. San Francisco, CA 94103
Saturday – Sunday: 10a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.