Polk Street continues its upwards trajectory with the addition of Lord Stanley, the upcoming Russian Hill restaurant from chef-spouses Rupert and Carrie Blease. Inside Scoop reports that the chefs, who met in the kitchen of two-star Michelin restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in England, spent several years in New York (Rupert at Per Se, Carrie at Blue Hill) before deciding to decamp westward. After arriving in San Francisco in 2011, the two logged more hours in the high-end but relatively casual kitchens of Commonwealth and Central Kitchen before attempting to strike out on their own.
Lord Stanley will be a casual, 40-seat addition to the neighborhood, on the corner of Broadway and Polk St., in the former location of Thai restaurant TJ2. The newcomer will be a handy addition to a neighborhood that is currently experiencing a growth spurt, with the recent addition of spots like Belcampo Meats, Union Larder and the planned second location of Craftsmen & Wolves. Designed by Boor Bridges Architecture, a communal dining table will reside on a mezzanine, with a main room below and a standing bar where diners can order drinks and snacks.
The menu, which may occasionally skew British to reflect the chefs' backgrounds, will include dishes like pickled shellfish or confit salmon with wood sorrel, yellow potatoes and beurre blanc. At opening, the format will likely be a tasting menu with a selection of a la carte options at opening, though it could evolve into a tasting menu with choices. The regal-sounding restaurant is currently shooting for a June opening; stay tuned for more details.