New rooftop Peruvian-Japanese cocktail bar and restaurant Kaiyo open in SoMa

A bright new team rooftop bar and restaurant behind Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Cow Hollow Kaiyo has landed a few blocks from Oracle Park. Called Kaiyo Rooftop, the outdoor food and drink destination opens Wednesday, February 16 on the rooftop of the Hyatt Place hotel. While San Francisco may be famous for its dank gray fog, this rooftop oasis restaurant shines above the SoMa skyline with lush plant-covered walls, richly textured design elements and a nuanced menu that blends Peruvian ingredients with time-tested Japanese techniques.

Owner, San Francisco restaurateur John Park (Kaiyo, Whitechapel, Novela) says he was hoping to channel “holiday vibes” with the Kaiyo spin-off, so he filled the space with waving palms and a rainbow of rich hues. A robust cocktail menu almost leans into tiki territory at some spots, but Kaiyo Rooftop is primarily a Nikkei restaurant, meaning the menu leans heavily on Peruvian ingredients treated with Japanese culinary techniques. “A lot of people like to call it fusion, but it’s not fusion,” Park insists. “It has existed for more than 100 years in Peru.

Empanadas from Kaiyo Rooftop.

Chef Alex Reccio worked with Park to create a menu that is both inventive and accessible. For those looking to push beyond typical Peruvian or Japanese culinary boundaries, plates like the scallop tiradito – a Nikkei version of sashimi – marry the two traditions perfectly. Creamy Japanese scallops swim in a sweet and sour passion fruit leche de tigre under a tangle of crispy potatoes. A surf-and-turf sushi roll also feels uniquely Nikkei with crispy shrimp tempura and umami-rich nori dough swaddled in rice and topped with a layer of charred, thinly sliced ​​beef. Sushi chef Rafael Campo explains that the light buff hue of his sushi rice is due to a combination of piloncillo, Peruvian salt and Japanese vinegar, which he uses to give the rice a more intense flavor that stands up to the bold flavors of sushi list.

The drink menu also covers Japanese and Peruvian influences. For whiskey purists, there’s an extensive collection of Japanese rarities and a Toki highball machine, from which bartenders will pull four varieties (whiskey, gin, vodka and tequila) of carbonated highballs. A few drinks are coming from Cow Hollow, but expect 10 new cocktails all sporting names inspired by the work of Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki; like space, it’s a deeply layered range with drinks like the effervescent Prince of the Sun blending pisco and rhum agricole over lemon, mint, absinthe, lime and yuzu. More traditionally, there are two types of pisco sour, as well as Japanese craft beers and a long list of sakes.

A cocktail in a cup in the shape of a woman's head with an orchid decoration.

A cocktail garnished with mint leaves and lime.

The 3,300 square foot space wraps around three sides of the hotel’s rooftop offering views of downtown San Francisco and the glittering Bay Bridge and stretching west to Alameda and east to Sutro Tower and Twin Peaks. It’s a side of town that’s rare to catch, and it’s set back enough across the freeway to feel like you’re close to those glittering skyscrapers without being in their shadow. There are echoes of the Cow Hollow Kaiyo location, including a textured wall like fish scales, custom-woven lampshades above the bar, and textiles reminiscent of the colorful woven types common in Peru.

A towering faux-plant wall houses a large projection screen where the bar and restaurant can show up to four games at once, but Park is adamant it’s not a sports bar, just a bar that can show games. sports. “We all have playoff-caliber sports teams in San Francisco,” Park proudly acknowledges. “But we don’t want food and drink to be overshadowed.” Eventually, Park will open a new Kaiyo restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel, but for now the rooftop will serve dinner and drinks with plans to add brunch down the line.

A long ribbed plate in front of a tiled background.

A display of sashimi and sushi.

A view of downtown San Francisco from the east.

A colorful fresco on which one can read

Kaiyo Rooftop opens February 16 at 701 3rd Street.

701 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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