The team behind beloved Richmond restaurant Lokma has taken their thoughtful approach to Turkish flavors and brought it to SOMA. The two-story space was previously Cockscomb, and maintains some of those industrial-chic vibes, with touches of homey warmth thanks to an open kitchen with copper cookware on display. Chef Daniel Gribble, formerly of Atelier Crenn, has created a fine dining menu with inspirations from both Turkey and California, which pairs nicely with a standout wine selection. Expect on-point Turkish dishes like Muhammara and Kebabs, which pair seamlessly with raw oysters and butter-poached sole served with crispy rice and marcona almonds. Pair everything with fresh-baked flatbreads, made in the restaurant’s wood oven, and Anchovy Rice Pilaf. The wine list deserves some serious attention, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t encourage you to start with a Raki Martini, which puts the anise-flavored Turkish spirit front-and-center.
How to book: Reservations can be made online.