You'll feast like a very refined lord at this outstanding establishment, which, like its husband-and-wife chef/owners, is half Californian, half European. The West Coast vibe comes from the superlative local ingredients and airy, light-flooded contemporary space, while across-the-pond touches (both chefs trained in the UK) include house-made breads and confections as well as an intriguing wine list offering unusual Eastern European vintages. Like its space, Lord Stanley's food is approachably refined, with stunning creations like a summer squash tart with almonds, summer squash, and herb aïoli. Silky black cod, pan-seared in butter and served in a spicy fava bean- and avocado-studded broth, is a showstopper. Even a seemingly simple dessert of grilled peaches with white Lillet sorbet and fruity olive oil gets an intriguing touch from slivers of Castelvetrano olives that add just the right amount of vibrancy. In keeping with its San Franciscan ethos, Lord Stanley is a laid-back spot: the crowd of yupster couples often arrives on foot to the central Polk Street location, attired in casualwear. Be sure to quiz the attentive staff on the dishes-they'll happily explain each intricate layer.
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