The Pink Elephant: A Bruncher’s Dream

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My two sisters and I, along with my 5-month-old niece, checked out The Pink Elephant on Minna Street for brunch last weekend. We were very impressed with the food and the vibe of the place.


Parking was a breeze. We found a great spot at SFMOMA’s garage (located at 147 Minna Street) right across the street from the restaurant. 


This quality of ease continued right on through to our experience at the restaurant. We encountered nothing but friendliness from the waitstaff, who were very welcoming of baby Jacqueline. We found a table in the back which was lit by a garland of blue lights. The atmosphere was convivial, with tables of fellow brunchers talking animatedly over delectably refreshing-looking drinks. Artificial plant life festooned the restaurant, a touch that heightened its fun-loving air.


The décor helped make this spot feel like we were far from ‘Frisco.


Service was quick—we ordered Crab Wontons and two mimosas to start. We got to pick what juices we wanted to pair with the champagne. I went with the passionfruit, while my sister went with the more classic orange juice while my niece, who would be driving home, asked for water.


The Crab Wontons were juicy, tasty, and fresh, with the dough casings fried crisp to perfection. The mimosas were likewise sublime, containing a perfect ratio of fresh juice to champagne. We sipped and noshed while we contemplated the robust menu. I decided to go vegan for the meal, opting for the Vegan Cali Burger with vegan cheddar cheese. My sisters chose the French Toast Like U Never Had It and the Chicken & Waffles, respectively. 


We had no sooner finished off the delectable Crab Wontons when our entrees appeared at our table. The generous portions caused us to marvel a moment before digging in—which we surely did.


My burger was fabulous. Served with two Impossible patties and some creamy melted vegan cheddar on top, it was a sumptuous affair. Cooked to perfection and deliciously spiced, I thoroughly enjoyed my choice. I also managed to try my sister’s entrees while she stared at me judgingly, so I can say that the whole table tucked into some mighty fine fare. (Baby Jackie being the exception; she is still on a strict diet of porridge and similar mush. Or as the French might say, mushe.)


This plate of French Toast Like U Never Had It was indeed not like any French toast I’d enjoyed heretofore. With its perfectly cooked toast splattered with chocolate sauce and sprinkled with powdered sugar, this meal was a delight.


Our little girl was soon due for her nap time. We paid for our hearty meals and headed home, very happy and satisfied with our brunch. 


The Pink Elephant is located at 142 Minna St., and is open for business Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm;  Fridays from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. View the entire menu here. Wed – Thu: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm