San Francisco, CA

One Restaurant to Visit to Experience Hawaii in California

Brandon Wang

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California is full of various different cuisines and has a wildly rich and diverse food culture that surpasses almost every other city in America. It is not suprising that eventually, there would be a restaurant to combine Hawaiian cuisine with San Francisco energy. This restaurant is none other than Liholiho Yacht Club. Liholiho Yacht Club has a superstar chef and is run by the same team that brought the much loved Nopa to the city. The head chef, Ravi Kapur, has a very strong Hawaiian background and is well known for inventing exciting menu items that could not be found anywhere else in the city of San Francisco.

Previously, Liholiho Yacht Club was actually located around the Tendernob area of the city on Sutter Street. Then earlier this year, Liholiho Yacht Club decided to pick up everything and migrate closer to the Mission. The move was prompted by various circumstances and is more due to convenience than anything else. The location that the restaurant moved to was previously the home of Dear Inga. The reason for this move is that Liholiho's old location in the Terdernob is set for some rennovations and coincidentally, Dear Inga is also going through some changes.

Liholiho Yacht Club is has amazing food but is also one of the classic restaurants in San Francisco to visit for special occassions or celebrations. The food is some of the greatest in the city and the tiki drinks always add to the fun. The menu takes a lot of inspiration from Hawaiian cuisine but also has some influence from various Asian cuisines from places like China, Japan, and Korea. The menu is similar to a tapas menu where there are many options to choose from and share. One of the distinguishing features of Liholiho is that everything is very vibrant and strongly presented. There is nothing on the menu that still lacks flavor and will satsify even the harshest of food critics. A night at Liholiho is quintissential to the classic San Francisco lifestyle and is definitely a must add item to any bucket list.

While Liholiho Yacht Club is in the area around the Mission, they are experimenting with a whole menu full of exciting new items to try out. Only the most popular items on the menu have made the jump to their new menu. One of the fan favorites at Liholiho Yacht Club is their Baked Hawaii which is a twist on the classic Baked Alaska dessert which utilizes pineapple and chiffon cake instead of sponge cake and meringue. Another very popular choice on the menu is the tuna poke which is definitely some of the best poke that can be found anywhere around San Francisco. For those looking for a very Hawaiian dish, the spam over rice is an excellent choice. This spam dish will completely outshine any other spam that you have tasted before. While the spam over rice is not actually on the menu it is one of the secret menu items that has become extremely popular with regulars at Liholiho Yacht Club. Among the larger items on the menu, the beef ribs are one of the most extravagant menu items at Liholiho which are served alongside brussels sprouts, pickled onions, and Nitaka pear.

Liholiho Yacht Club can currently be found located at 3560 18th St around the Mission District. In the future, Liholiho Yacht Club has plans to move back to their previous location at 871 Sutter St.

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