I've read varying opinions on Chowhound about this restaurant and finally my husband and I got to try it last night. We were in the neighborhood and walked in around 7:30 and took two seats at the bar. We enjoyed our experience very much. Service was attentive and the place has a hip, lively atmosphere without being snooty. And it's very much French and I believe all the servers are French, which added to the atmosphere.
We each ordered the Prix Fixe meal, which for $25 lets you select an appetizer, entree, and dessert. We both had the soup du jour -- a cream of carrot, which was tasty but could have been a bit hotter, temperature-wise. It was served in its own little pot -- quite charming -- along with warm, crispy bread. For my entree I had Roti de porc, natural roast loin of pork stuffed with Agen prunes in a Madeira sauce. I liked it but it was a little bit dry; the stuffing, though, was quite good. My husband had pan-seared Ahi tuna served with a puree of parsnips and a coulis of tomatoes basquaise, which he quite enjoyed. Again, everything could have been a tad hotter in temperature. We had three glasses of pinot noir between us, very generous pours.
For dessert we had the dessert du jour, the name I don't know but it was a tiny tart with fresh raspberries, some cream and citrusy sorbet. Very light, which was just perfect. We had to wait a while for our entrees but got several apologies from different servers for the delay. At dessert we were given two complimentary glasses of dessert wine, which we really appreciated.
The food wasn't the most top-notch, but the atmosphere and service made up for it and we'd definitely go back again. We noticed that there were many orders for glasses of champagne. Later when I looked at their website, I saw an Internet special: a coupon for 1 free glass of champagne. :-)
4238 18th Steet (between Diamond & Collingwood)
San Francisco (in the Castro district)
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