There's perhaps nothing more thrillingly festive than oysters and caviar. Order some today and get the party started!
Our Caviar & Roe Selection from Tsar Nicoulai
We are proud to announce that we now exclusively carry Tsar Nicoulai caviar and roe. Hapuku and Tsar Nicoulai have joined forces to bring you one of the most extensive selections of fine caviar, roe and infused roe available in the Bay Area. Through our partnership, we are able to offer these artisanal products at an exceptional price and unparalleled freshness.
For 30 years, Tsar Nicoulai has been producing some of the world's finest caviar and roe—right here in Northern California. Pioneers of sustainable caviar, they harvest wild fish and farm on location without the use of GMOs, growth hormones, antibiotics, synthetic preservatives or BSEs. All caviar and roe is hand-selected and hand-packed on-site.
Photo courtesy of Tsar Nicoulai
The Splurge: Caviar
From locally farmed white sturgeon.
Jet black color; medium sized bead; bold; melts on your palate with a refined brine finish
Deep brown to jet black hue; medium sized bead; rich, clean taste with buttery finish
Dark brown to platinum hue; medium to large sized bead with a smooth finish and gentle pop
Tawny brown to platinum hue; generous, large sized beads with a creamy finish
Beyond the Sushi Bar: Wild Roe
Top-grade roe from responsibly sourced wild fish.
Wild Paddlefish Roe
Small silver grain; rich, robust and refined in flavor
Wild Whitefish Roe
Soft and golden yellow color; small bead; crisp, mellow and slightly fruity flavor
Wild Salmon Roe
Beautiful, bright, generous bead size with a discernable pop and robust flavor
Gold Pearl Trout Roe
Deep orange roe with a bright and silky pop; medium bead; subtle, sweet, vibrant flavor
Taste Excitement: Infused Roe
Tsar Nicoulai calls these glorious gems "gateway caviar", since their nuanced flavors are accessible to caviar newbies and connoiseurs alike. Be sure to try all of our infused roes—fantastic added to dishes and gorgeous as a garnish ("bling on a plate"). All from wild whitefish.
Truffled Whitefish Roe
Deep, golden brown; infused with natural vegetable extract and Italian white truffle oil
Wasabi Whitefish Roe
Naturally derived color from infused wasabi; a pungent, zesty bite
Ginger Whitefish Roe
Naturally flavored with Hawaiian ginger for a piquant flavor; perfect for Asian-inspired dishes
Beet + Saffron Whitefish Roe
Naturally flavor and color; mild beet taste; great as a garnish or to add color to a dish
What exactly is caviar?
Similarly to the use of the term champagne (meant to designate only sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France), the term caviar refers specifically to sturgeon eggs from the Caspian Sea off the coast of Russia and Iran. Today, however, the word caviar is commonly used to encompass all fish eggs used in the same tradition as real caviar. Because of overfishing, the oldest breeds of sturgeon have become endangered, so today the majority of caviar is farmed.
Need help choosing?
We're happy to lend a hand. Choosing caviar can be intimidating—with choices from across the world and price tags in the triple-digits. We make sure to carry a range of caviars, available year-round, that are reasonably priced and of consistent quality.
How to store caviar?
When purchasing caviar, do not hesitate to ask us for a bag of ice in which to store it until you get home. Unopened and refrigerated, caviar will stay fresh for up to four weeks. Once opened, it should be used within three days.
How to serve it?
Metal spoons and bowls oxidize the roe, imparting an unappetizing metallic flavor. To keep your caviar pristine, use mother-of-pearl, glass or even plastic servingware.
How to describe it?
Caviar can be described by its brininess (or saltiness), creaminess and pop.
Still not sure which caviar to buy?
Come in and ask our staff. We're glad to answer any of your questions.
Medium and crisp, with a fresh, briny salinity. From Northern California.
Large, rich and buttery, with a mild brine. From Northern California and Canada.
Small and sweet, with a delicate salinity. From Northern California and Washington.
We’ll gladly shuck the oysters for you and send you home with a box with the oysters in their liquor along with the cleaned shells for serving. Be sure to purchase some of our Mignonette Sauce too. 24 hours advanced notice please for orders of more than two dozen.