My second time to one of San Francisco’s top restaurants was equally as delicious as my first visit (read my review here).
Liholiho Yacht Club has been one of the most successful restaurants in the city this year. Just opening earlier this year, this restaurant is always packed and no wonder as the food is freakin’ awesome. Since I’ve been here before, I wanted to order as many things that I hadn’t previously tried. But of course, I had to get some of their most popular dishes just because they’re too good to pass up!
We started the meal off with a few snacks.
The tuna poke, one of their signature dishes, is light yet packed with flavor. Crispy nori chips with chunks of meaty tuna dressed in sesame oil garnished with crunchy spicy radish and fresh herbs. The lettuce cups filled with crispy fried oysters were an interesting but scrumptious dish with a paper thin sliced piece of beef carpaccio with thousand island dressing. The beef tongue steam buns are a must if you come here! Unctuous tender meat stuffed in a fluffy warm bun with homemade spicy kimchi and cucumber pickles. After our snacks we had a few appetizer side dishes to share.
The marinated sardines were light and refreshing dressed in white soy and brown rice vinegar with tons of aromatic herbs and sweet asian pear.
Next, we had one of their signature dishes that’s not listed on the menu, the house made spam with rice. This was one of my favorite dishes of the night because it was simple but so satisfying. Steamed white rice with their sweet and salty house made spam topped with furikake (rice seasoning) and pickles. Definitely recommend ordering this!
The lamb ribs, a dish I tried previously, was another winner. Little ribs with depth of sweetness and tartness from the black vinegar and pops of crunch from the watermelon radishes and almonds.
Now the main dishes at Liholiho Yacht Club are quite substantial. The manila clams were swimming in a delicious curry broth with chunks of butternut squash, not the most original dish but yummy. The fried cornish game hem was on point! Crisp exterior with moist meat served with slightly charred pieces of flowering kale, florets of broccoli, and nutty sweet cashews.
All the desserts we ordered were good but the baked hawaii was by far my favorite of the night. A mini ball of pineapple ice cream encased in meringue, delicious and so cute. The chocolate cake and the cardamon cheesecake were also tasty but not quite up to par.
Overall, I’d have to keep my previous rating of an 8.5/10 for a solid meal.