October 23, 2015
By: Elliot Shirwo
Recently opened, Lord Stanley, named after the Chef’s father and the family’s English roots, resides in the neighborhood of Russian Hill in San Francisco at the Southwest corner of Polk and Broadway. An intimately sized restaurant with an inconspicuously situated mezzanine floor that sits about 14 people at a communal table. The first night that I dined here was at the communal table and there lived the magic.
My first serendipitous interaction at the communal table revealed a New Zealand family whose profoundly endearing Kiwi spirit inspired the entire evening. Sharing love stories, bottles of Burgundian wine, cultural heritage, and moving performances of song, Lord Stanley transcended its creatively, unadulterated European influenced farm to table status and into an inextricably intuitive space for connecting with each other.