In our 2017 San Francisco to San Jose corridor series, we’ve found another fun place for you to eat on the South Peninsula if you ever get a chance to visit San Francisco for a session with a beautiful female submission wrestler.

Let’s visit Zen Sushi Bistro.

Established in 2008. article, doordash Zen Sushi Bistro photo credit

Zen Sushi Bistro – Millbrae is a refreshingly new chic restaurant that offers a casual dining experience in a hip and classy environment. The head chef, Sano, offers a diverse menu of Japanese cuisine at a reasonable price, including a variety of creative and tasty sushi, donburi, udon, and sukiyaki. A great place to gather with friends, listen to music, and sample the after hour’s menu or huge selection of sake. Whether it be the excellent food or the innovative ambiance, Zen Bistro brings a new era dining and lounge experience to Millbrae designed to satisfy a wide range of customers. article, doordash Zen Sushi Bistro photo credit

At Zen Sushi Bistro, we strongly believe in the fundamental principles of Japanese culinary tradition. We use only the freshest seasonal ingredients to create food which is bold in its simplicity. Nothing is overcooked; there are only degrees of rawness. It is a way of preparation which respects what we eat, keeps it close to its natural essence, and awakens our senses. Enjoy the sudden freshness of traditional Japanese cuisine in our modern, delightfully swanky atmosphere – we know you’ll love it.

Zen Bistro, Artistic Neo-Japanese Cuisine in the San Francisco Airport Area

By Shaw Funami

My family lived in the area near San Francisco International Airport for a long time, almost 10 years. Although we lived in Burlingame for most of that time, we lived in San Mateo for seven months. The San Francisco Airport area (SFO) has five cities, including Burlingame, San Mateo, Millbrae, San Bruno, and South San Francisco. This restaurant is in Millbrae.

We were on our way home from exercising at the gym one Saturday afternoon. My wife wanted to buy fresh fruits at a grocery shop in Millbrae. We found this restaurant across the road from the grocery store. The name of the restaurant is Zen Bistro. As a Japanese national, I was a bit tired of ordinary Japanese restaurants with California rolls and sushi bars, so I was interested in checking out this restaurant. It looked new and was decorated in an interesting way with a dark wall color and black interior. It looked like Zen Dojo for meditation. A modern style of indirect lighting gave the building an interesting combination of traditional and modern atmospheres.

We decided to have lunch there. Walking into the restaurant, we found that the dining room was more like a contemporary bar than a Japanese restaurant. When we sat at a table, our waitress brought us marinated Japanese vegetables that were good. My wife ordered an eel rice bowl, and I ordered “Tonkatsu” (breaded fried pork). All Japanese eel bowls have some image. It is usually a red lacquered wooden bowl or box with rice and grilled eels on top. However, the dish my wife received surprised us.

It was quite different from our presumption. Their rice was placed on the center of a flat, white ceramic plate. Avocado slices were placed like a surrounding wall to support the rice in the center, and eel was placed on top. More vegetables were placed on the edge of the plate. It was a unique presentation. In addition, as my wife ate, she found pieces of eel meat hidden inside the rice. It was delicious.

My Tonkatsu came with three separate plates. One was for fried pork, another held vegetables, and the last one was for rice. Since they were all separated, the fried pork did not get wet from the vegetables, and the vegetables stayed fresh. Although I had thought it would not be easy to eat rice from a flat plate (because rice in Japan is always served in a bowl), I found out that it was not so bad. Both dishes were excellent.

We took our friends there, and they loved it. The restaurant provides a cozy dining area, which is a comfortable place to stay for a relatively long time while enjoying conversations with friends over our meals.

Shaw Funami is an owner of “zhen international, inc.”, known as a mentor for cross cultural relationship called “Fill the Missing Link”. You can learn about his profile in Facebook, Please feel free to contact him at “” or visit his business website.

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