(UPDATED 3/26/19) Description and review of Skool Fish House, an offshoot of the San Francisco Skool Restaurant.
Skool Fish House, located on K Street near 23rd Street, recently started serving lunch so I recently met two friends there to check it out.
The interior of Skool is very attractive. The restaurant theme (fish/school) is cleverly integrated into the décor from the lined-paper menu, artwork on the walls, sea urchins dotting one wall and the diagram of a huge tuna with dotted lines outlining different cuts on the ceiling near the bar area.
Happy Hour is called Detention Hall – and for those of you who like oysters on the half shell – take note that they are 50% off during Detention Hall.
The menu at Skool is Japanese influenced. While fish is the house specialty, there are also other options on the menu.
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Several items on the lunch menu caught my eye, but I settled on the Tsukune Turkey Burger (ground turkey patty, teriyaki, red cabbage slaw, mayo, yuzu-mustard on a burger bun) ($11). The burger was very flavorful – not always an easy thing to accomplish with ground turkey.
One friend had the Curried Tuna Melt (caramelized onions, cheddar, tomato on a ciabatta bun) ($11) and the other had the Skool Kobe Burger (6 oz. American Kobe beef, caramelized onion, pepper jack, yuzu-mustard, tomato, mixed greens and pickles) ($12.50).
We also ordered both regular fries and nori fries which we shared. The nori fries were sprinkled with nori (seaweed) flakes.
My friend who had the Curried Tuna Melt enjoyed it and he said that while it had a bit of a “bite” the curry was not overwhelming. The Kobe Burger was also enjoyed although it was rarer than my friend would have liked. She, however, declined to send it back to the kitchen.
I look forward to trying Skool Fish House again for Detention Hour and/or dinner. Although I am not a huge fan of squid I may talk myself into trying the house specialty – squid ink spagettina with squid and shrimp.
(3/26/19) The ownership group of Skool Fish House transformed the restaurant into Skool Japanese Gastropub in what turned out to be an unsuccessful attempt to attract enough patrons in an area with numerous other bars and restaurants. Skool Japanese Gastropub served its last dinner on March 24th.
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