Skool Feature


Skool is located on a back street in Potrero.  If you didn’t know it, well, you wouldn’t!!  It’s a really cute little place with a charming patio exterior.  They really play on the Skool theme with their menu on school lined paper on a clipboard. Skool serves Japanese Kaiseki style.  That’s like Spanish Tapas or small plates.  Everything is meant to share.  My son and his lovely wife were visiting a few weeks back, and since she doesn’t eat meat, Skool is the perfect place for her, even though they do have meat dishes. Oysters on the Half Shell are a reasonable $27 per dozen.  Our first course was flatbread. Skool uses fresh queso fresco, cilantro salsa verde, pico de gallo, and mozzarella with your choice of either smoked herring, smoked chicken, egg or mixed mushrooms.  Doesn’t sound very Japanese, eh?  That’s the beauty of Skool.  They mix it up a lot. My husband will ALWAYS order shishito peppers.  They’re deep fried and lightly salted, and they’re quite mild.  A local farm in East Palo Alto has been growing them for the last few years, so they’re pretty easy to find at Farmers Markets. The Rainbow Trout in the featured photo comes with broccoli, fingerling potatoes, radish, grilled lemon, and anchovy herb vinaigrette – a beautiful dish with fabulous textures.

Skool pizza
Fish over Risotto
You simply can’t miss the Chef’s Risotto dish.  It has perfectly seared petrale sole, a San Francisco favorite.  It is accompanied by manila clams, country ham, and horseradish butter – salty and tangy, but not too overpowering for such a mild fish. Sagari Kushiyaki can be ordered either as a small plate or entree.  Look at how colorful the dish is.  The vegetables were perfectly cooked, and had a great variety.
Skool Beef and Veg
Nicoise Salad
The Nicoise Salad is amazing with cauliflower, potatoes, seared ahi, tasty greens, and, best of all, a poached egg! Skool dessertThe Spiced Chocolate Cake is a delight.  Light spice adds a very different note, and the orange sherbet is a different twist.  All in all, a really good meal at Skool  Go there for happy hour specials, brunch, early bird specials.  They’re all great.

Skool Wrap-Up

Price: $$

Really Good

Good Things

  • Contemporary Japanese Kaiseki
  • Lots of Variety
  • Nice Bar Scene

Bad Things

  • Hard to Find

The Breakdown


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