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Aloha! This is probably one of the most shot feet shots in San Francisco. It’s pretty hard to resist bragging about visiting this fabulous restaurant and sharing the cool floor decor. I’m guilty! #alohafloorselfie
What is Liholiho Yacht Club – Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past year or so in San Francisco I’m sure you have heard about Liholiho Yacht Club and probably even tried (tried being the key word) to get a reservation to experience it yourself. Well, lucky for me I have dined with them a few times since their January 2015 opening. In anticipation of their upcoming first anniversary, in January, 2016 it seemed the perfect time to write about the restaurant and interview fabulous Chef Ravi Kapur (read more about my interview here).
What’s the scene like and what should you expect: The scene is like any other hot San Francisco restaurant. Very casual and laid back, yet the Liholiho Yacht Club Team knows exactly what they’re doing and do it extremely well. Ravi’s partners Allyson Jossel and Jeff Hanak (who may ring a bell if you’re familiar with another favorite SF restaurant of mine, Nopa) have been in the industry for ages and are both spectacular at what they do as is Chef Ravi (which is pretty much a given with all the hype and amazing praise the restaurant has received since opening. As you can tell, this restaurant is very good at what they do and you’ll have a fabulous dining and guest experience as a result!
The very cool yellow open kitchen that divides the front half of the restaurant (shown in prior picture) with the back half of the restaurant with the majority of the dining seating
Me and Chef Ravi Kapur during my first visit after they had just opened. I asked for a shot of him and he preferred some company in the shot, so I joined him. Such a nice guy!
The popcorn with butter with togarashi. In case you don’t know already, I am obsessed with popcorn, and order it anytime I see it. This was especially tasty with the togarashi, so probably wise to try it when you visit.
the marinated squid, crispy tripe, cabbage, peanuts
The tuna poke, sesame oil, radish, nori cracker. This is a staple and something you must try when you visit. It’s delicious and I promise you’ll love it!
The fried oyster, beef carpaccio, 1000 island, butter lettuce. Any oyster fans, get excited!
The fried rice with uni, bay shrimp, spam, mushrooms. Although I don’t typically choose to order uni (I mean, who does when you know what it is!), when it comes with this amazing fried rice I’ll give it a try. I’m glad I did as this was incredible, another dish I highly recommend!
The infamous off-menu house-made Spam, served over rice with furikake. I have never tried this, it’s on my bucket list for my next visit but is so gorgeous and talked about I had to mention it f.y.i.
The beef tongue, kimchi, cucumber, poppy seed steam bun
The grilled shortrib, escargot, bone marrow, mushrooms, leeks, fresh horseradish. This was our entree and it was wonderful. The shortrib was very tender and flavorful and the bone marrow also had an incredible taste and a yummy crunchy flavor.
The fabulous baked hawaii, caramelized pineapple ice cream, vanilla chiffon. If you’re having dessert you HAVE to order this. It’s just as yummy as it is gorgeous and so fun to take pictures with!
Farewell Liholiho Yacht Club. Concluding this fabulous meal with this amazing dessert was perfection. Until I visit again!
Select photos courtesy of Liholiho Yacht Club Instagram @LihoLihoYachtClub #GetJag #AlohaFloorSelfie