Anchor & Hope Seafood Restaurant in SoMa
Anchor & Hope is a seafood restaurant located in SoMa on Minna and 2nd. It’s the 3rd SoMa restaurant brought to you by the owners of Salt House and Town Hall. The brick building that houses Anchor & Hope has a unique history, dating back 100 years as a mechanic’s warehouse. The ambiance is very East Coast formal meets West Coast casual, with New England inspired food. Basically, it looks like it belongs in SoMa with its brick walls and exposed ceiling.
Anchor & Hope’s Chef De Cuisine Sarah Schafer is a Boston native, so she definitely knows a thing or two about good seafood. However, her training in the French technique brings her dishes a notch above the standard crab shack. Anchor & Hope has an array of seafood dishes and a raw bar that rotates daily. I had the pleasure of trying 3 of their delicious appetizers.
First was the Ahi Tuna Poke (sorry for the blurry pic!). It was prepared in the traditional way, with small cubes of ahi tuna sashimi tossed in a soy-sesame mixture, green onions and sesame seeds. But it also had cucumber mixed in it, which was a nice cooling contrast to the special hot sauce they served on the side. A classic example of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
Next up was the acclaimed “Angels on Horseback,” smoked bacon wrapped oysters, served with a remoulade sauce. Need I say more? This combo screams delicious. The oysters were tender and the bacon salty and crisp, and the slightly tart sauce complemented the dish well. Gene had the pleasure of trying these as well on his visit to Anchor & Hope last year, and loved them.
Last but not least was the Warm Sea Urchin in the shell, Dungenous Crab, and Pureed Potatoes. Having never had sea urchin before, I was a bit nervous to try it, but I’m really glad I did. It tasted like butter with a hint of sea salt, and it had a texture similar to pate. The big chunks of dungenous crab complemented it quite well, and the potato puree balanced it all out. It was heaven in a bowl, or rather, a shell.
I didn’t try any of the entrees while I was at Anchor & Hope, but I have to say the appetizers are standouts on the menu. So share a few appetizers and have a drink or two. With an extensive beer and wine menu like theirs, you’re sure to find the perfect pairing.
Anchor & Hope
83 Minna St
San Francisco, CA 94105
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