Posted on February 1, 2012
Twenty Five Lusk
Nestled in an alleyway in San Francisco’s SOMA district, Twenty Five Lusk is a beautiful mixture of old and new. Formerly a meat-packing and smokehouse facility back in the early 1900’s, the two story brick building has been transformed into a rustic, yet elegant restaurant and lounge. The sexy ambiance is complimented by the polished steel fireplaces that hang above the lounge tables. Original brick and wooden beams accompany the concrete and glass that separate the kitchen and dining areas. Perfectly chic decor had my hopes sky high for delicious food. I began with a Lusk Toddy from their delectable cocktail list; a superb blend of Brandy, Benedictine, lemon, cinnamon, star anise, and clove. A smiling and attentive waiter took my order of lemon parsnip basque with basil white truffle oil to start, and an entree of grilled McFarland trout, bok choy, artichokes, and sea beans. While the cocktail and appetizer were exquisite, I was hoping for a more tasteful trout. While the trout was a bit undercooked and bland for my liking, I thoroughly enjoyed everything else, including the free sparkling water. With sexy ambiance and fantastic cocktails, I would surely return to Twenty Five Lusk for another round of chic drinks with friends.