Aug 4, 2009

Happy Go Lucky in SF

After getting our friends off on the Sea Princess set for Alaska, we walked the high energy Embarcadero, which at 4:00 was a sea of black & orange returning from AT&T Park from a 7-3 win over Philadelphia. Go Giants! Returning to our Hotel we put our feet up and enjoyed a nice glass of wine while admiring the bay.

The Harbor Court Hotel, San Francisco's premier waterfront boutique hotel, combines the energy of the Financial District with the style of South of Market, right on the edge of the San Francisco Bay with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island, and is just steps away from the Ferry Building Marketplace.

The Harbor Court Hotel promises energy and well being for all its guests, including the furry four-legged ones...they are a pet friendly hotel. From the special attention at check-in to the pet-friendly services and amenities they offer to the surrounding area's pet-friendly environment, the Embarcadero waterfront hotel is a perfect destination for you and your pets. We found out that many Kimpton Hotels have a resident pet on hand to watch out for their pet guests. As the Directors of Pet Relations, they make sure that every four-legged, creeping and hopping guest who comes through the door is welcomed in style.

The Harbor Court Hotel offers a special Pet Retreat package:
Accommodations in Deluxe Courtyard guest room (from $189)
Pet bed and pad
Rawhide bone
Food and water bowls
Spring water
Clean-up bags

Each one-of-a-kind Kimpton Hotel puts you in touch with the distinctive energy, personality and pulse all around you. Here is a list of more Pet Friendly Kimpton Hotels:

Hotel Monaco Union Square San Francisco
Hotel Palomar Union Square San Francisco
Prescott Hotel Union Square San Francisco
Sir Francis Drake Union Square San Francisco
Serrano Hotel Union Square San Francisco
Tuscan Inn Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco
Argonaut Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco
Hotel Triton - Financial district San Francisco
Cypress Hotel - Silicon Valley
Hotel Palomar Westwood Los Angeles
Hotel Solamar- San Diego

For dinner we wanted to try something new, a place we’ve never been before. Adjacent to the Harbor Court Hotel on the San Francisco waterfront is the local favorite Ozumo Sushi Bar and Robata Grill, serving exceptional Japanese cuisine, and the Sumo Lounge cocktail bar, featuring exotic sake.

A large wood door opens into a well-manicured, dark and masculine saké bar. Beyond that is an open kitchen, a brighter raised dining room shows off beautiful handmade lampshades, textured wallpaper and modern furniture. It's a truly serene and beautiful setting that allows the breathtaking views of the Bay Bridge to take center stage.

Sitting in the Sumo Lounge, we ordered 2 Kirin while we oooh'd and ahhh'd the menu. We started with Maguro. WOW! The tuna was out of this world! We then moved on to a small plate - the Hanabi - slices of hamachi and avocado drizzled with a warm ginger and jalapeno ponzu sauce. Fabulous! The soft flavors of the Hamachi and the avocado married well. On to the rolls… the Sekiwaki - spicey tuna roll with tobiko, tempura flakes, slamon and hamachi, with peanut sauce. Spectacular! And the Yokozuna - a Rock‘n Roll with snow crab, asparagus, tobiko and sweet soy sauce. However, what we were served was something all together different -a roll with snow crab, avaocado, and grilled unagi wrapped in a soy wrapper. We don’t eat Unagi! We inquired where the asparagus was and were told they were out. I don’t know how you sub unagi for asparagus and think we may not notice is beyond me, but that’s what we got. Ick!

Although the extensive Japanese menu is notable, the sushi pricing was on the high-end. However, the quality of the sushi was so superb and sat on the best rice I have ever encountered made it all worth it! Ozumo also boasts an extensive menu of premium sakés; the flights are an excellent way to sample and learn. We loved sitting on the long benches in the Sumo Lounge and watching the nightlife unfold! We will return!

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