Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Anchor and Hope

Nothing beats a juicy Maine lobster roll. I've been on the hunt for a good left coast version. They appear on several menus throughout SF- Nettie's Crab Shack, Woodhouse Fish Co., and at Anchor and Hope.

A crusty pull-apart epi with salted butter arrived first at our table:

Barbecue shrimp over a flaky biscuit. Props to A&H for leaving the heads on these lovely little guys smothered in smoky, sweet sauce. If only this appetizer could come in an entree sized portion!

And the main event.... the Lobster Roll on a sweet brioche roll, served with old Bay kettle chips and cole slaw ($24):

It was a fair sized portion of lobster meat, but unfortunately not a generous amount. However, it was sweet and fresh tasting, and lightly dressed. The kettle chips were perfectly salted and crispy.

Mr. S's love of scallops was rekindled by this dish- Spice Crusted Scallops with Israeli Cous Cous, Shaved Fennel, Madras Curry Sauce and Citrus Salt ($28): (curry sauce was rich and savory, served table-side and not shown here)

I call these "crack fries"- habit-forming and carb-fabulous served in a paper cone- fries tossed in salt and Old Bay ($6):

For dessert, a warm Apple Crumble with vanilla ice-cream ($8.50):

Ambiance: Renovated warehouse in SOMA. Warm woods, mixed crowd, unpretentious, and a beautiful brushed steel bar. Good selection of draft beers to pair with seafood.

Service: Our server was helpful, bubbly and attentive.

Thoughts: I came for the lobster roll and I got myself a delicious one, for an affordable pricetag of $24. The brioche roll was sweet and buttery, which complemented the savory meat. It left me only wanting more! (No lie, I wanted to order a second roll.) Bonus: the chef is straight up from Boston.

To try next time: Lobster roll (again), Old Bay fries, Warm Sea Urchin with dungeness and lemon beurre blanc served in the shell (appetizer), "Angels on Horseback" - bacon wrapped oysters with remoulade sauce (appetizer), and Jonah crab claws (oyster and shellfish menu)

83 Minna Street
(between 1st and 2nd)
San Francisco, CA

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