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Bistro Clement, SF

Melanie Wong | Aug 1, 2004 07:06 PM

Last month I stopped by Bistro Clement for a solo lunch after an appointment nearby. It had been open for 5 weeks at that point.

Started off well with an excellent soupe de poisson. Especially good was the traditional rouille (spicy aioli) accompaniment that had a good kick of chili and a fine mince of fresh garlic the size of grains of sand that exploded juicy garlicky goodness with each bite. The croutons were the dry (ungreased) style, but freshly made.

The salad landaise left me flat. The greens weren't fully dry and had watered down the vinaigrette. The slices of smoked magret were ice box-cold and dried out. The bits of confit were better but few and far between.

My server had recommended the tarte tatin highly. Because of this, it was the biggest disappointment. The crust was wet and soggy - microwaved? The apples were thinly sliced. There was plenty of caramel, but it was more like a sauce poured on afterwards rather than baked in a pan.

Total tab was $21, inclusive.

The pedigree of the place and the fish soup make it seem promising, despite the two flops at lunch. Anyone else had any luck here?

Bistro Clement
127 Clement
SF

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