Ooh, my favorite!

Anchor & Hope
March 24, 2010, 8:48 pm
Filed under: Food, Restaurants, San Francisco

A few weeks ago my friend Keri was visiting from Seattle. Before a night out on the town we stopped by Anchor & Hope for a few appetizers. For most people this might have constituted as a meal, but if you know me at all, you’d know this was my snack after a full meal; and to be honest I probably had a late-night snack later on.

I’ve been here a few times now, and each time I’ve had a wonderful meal. I always end up in SOMA before a night out, so it’s an easy stop that promises great seafood dishes in a warmly candle-lit, turn-of-the century warehouse. I’m sure I’ve just been lucky, but I’ve always been able to just stop by without a reservation.

On this particular night we split three appetizers, but while we sipped our wine we received paper baggie with french bread and a small ramekin of perfectly spreadable butter (not a fan of cold, right from the fridge butter) with a light sprinkling of fleur de sel. I usually hold off on starting with the bread and opt to save it for when the saucy dishes arrive–I’m quite an accomplished “dipper”.

Here’s how it went:

1.  Warm sea urchin and crab: Creamy and rich, with a nice taste of “ocean” from the sea urchin. (Perhaps a bit lost with all the cream, but still a lovely taste of the sea.)

2.  Warm asparagus salad with poached egg: Love asparagus, love poached eggs, love a proper hollandaise.

3.  They didn’t call it pork belly, but it pretty much was: Perfectly fatty and smokey; it went so well with the acid from the warm purple cabbage.

Bread and butter

Warm Sea Urchin with crab and lemon beurre blanc

Warm asparagus salad with poached egg and meyer lemon hollandaise

Pork belly and purple cabbage

Overall Anchor & Hope is one of my favorite destinations, especially when I’m craving a taste of the sea. In the past I’ve had an amazing bouillabaisse-style fish stew, perfectly cooked scallops, proscuitto-wrapped trout, and a crazy wonderful clam chowder. Service and atmosphere are great, and for all you beer aficionado’s I hear they have quite a selection.

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Whoa, now that looks like a great dinner.

Comment by Des

Thanks Des! Now if only I could recreate it at home.

Comment by Natira

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