Like State Bird Provisions, Liholiho Yacht Club is another San Francisco restaurant that you’ll have to plan early for to make reservations. I got reservations for me and my little Gary on a Friday about two months before. Although I’ve been to Liholiho Yacht Club twice, Gary’s never been and really wanted to try since he’s heard many great things. The food is unique, ambiance is nice, and the service is great, so I was looking forward to catching up with Gary over a nice meal.
He was pretty excited when I told him the news that I was going to start working in the city starting in July again. Since we’ll both be in San Francisco, that means we’d get to hang out more frequently! (It just used to be such a pain to get to San Francisco when I don’t work there.)
The tuna poke, sesame oil, radish, and nori cracker was my favorite! It was very similar to the item at State Bird, but with their own style.
Their beef tongue, kimchi, and cucumber in poppy seed steam bun was also very delicious. It reminded me of the beef tongue dish at State Bird too, but it’s paired with a bun instead of a pancake. I actually prefer the bun they served here over the famous Momofuku buns.
Gary and I thought this roasted octopus, curried raisins, castelvetrano, butterball potatoes, and fresh coriander was just okay. There wasn’t anything too special about the octopus, but their butterball potatoes were AMAZING!
The grilled shortrib, escargot–bone marrow–twice baked potato, mushrooms, and fresh horseradish was quite special! The short ribs were a little dry for my taste, but the mushrooms were delectable. I thought the escargo with the twice baked potato in the bone marrow was very inventive. Again, the potatoes were the star of the dish, hah! I’ve never had escargot before, so I was kind of looking forward to trying it. Gary took a bite first and told me it tasted like eating a “bug.” Great… I couldn’t get that image out of my head, so I had a hard time wanting to try another bite of escargot. 🙁
Their famous Baked Hawaii!
A few months ago, I saw this “Boba Bae” sweatshirt that I really wanted to get (from Boba Guys), but they were all sold out online. When I showed up for dinner, Gary had a gift for me… and lo and behold, it was the sweatshirt! He’s seriously the sweetest. 🙂