Liholiho's fried chicken is marinated in aromatic ginger, turmeric, and coconut, then fried in rice bran oil and topped with cabbage slaw, a few pickled jalapeños, and avocado ranch spread. (Photography by Sarah Chorey)

First Taste: Liholiho Yacht Club makes a splash poolside at Rosewood Sand Hill

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Who's ready for hot vax summer? Go on, raise your hand. Then, make plans to get out of San Francisco to soak up some actually warm summer days by the pool...with Liholiho's fried chicken sando in hand.

On the edge of Woodside with views of deep green mountain ridges, the Rosewood Sand Hill resort is serving up tropical vibes with a new poolside dining concept helmed by SF chef Ravi Kapur and cocktails featuring Flor de Cana rum and The Bad Stuff Tequila.


The pool scene is set with cheerful yellow umbrellas, chaise lounges, low couches, and a new tin-roofed beach that functions as the bar. The service is extremely friendly, as it should be at any tropical resort. The food? Well, get ready for a taste of aloha that goes above and beyond your standard hotel hamburger.

Liholiho Yacht Club's Chef Ravi is spinning the food of his Hawaiian upbringing into an approachable yet thoughtful menu for the Rosewood's pool, where you may now have your choice of a fresh tuna poke bowl with furikake seasoning (Kapur's favorite) or a juicy burger topped with pineapple, kimchi, and bacon.

"As a native Hawaiian with Chinese and Indian roots, the flavors and ingredients I'm drawn to have always been influenced by my multi-ethnic heritage and upbringing," Kapur says. "The menu at Rosewood Sand Hill embraces these flavors while celebrating the fresh ingredients we're able to source from local farmers and purveyors."

While you're in vacation mode, you will most definitely want to try some libations from the refreshed cocktail menu crafted by Olivia Aguilar, the hotel's beverage manager. Go for the piña colada and set your out-of-office reply.

Photography by Sarah Chorey

Perfectly blistered shishito peppers are topped with pepitas and served with a slightly sweet miso honey mustard sauce.

// Rosewood Sand Hill, 2825 Sand Hill Rd. (Menlo Park), rosewoodhotels.com

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