I had time to kill before an appointment and stopped at Zazie for lunch/brunch. I'd heard good things about it - especially the benedicts - so I was looking forward to a great meal. They have a large variety of item to choose from but since I'd heard so much about the benedicts, I decided upon 2 poached eggs with shrimp, avocado and hollandaise sauce. The eggs were poached hard (and I mean nothing running at all and light yellow) and they were the smallest eggs I've seen served at a restaurant. The sides of them were stringy and tasted like vinegar and there was barely enough hollandaise sauce to cover the eggs let alone dip your muffin into and keep it moist. The side of potatoes was ok and I liked the additional touch with the roasted cloves of garlic even if I chose to not eat them since I was going somewhere afterwards. The avocado was fresh and the shrimp were tender and tasty but given the sad shape of the egg, it was not worth the money.
My bill included a $1.00 surcharge per person for SF medical care. While I'm in favor of paying for heath care, I don't think it should be a surcharge but it should be added into the prices upfront or state it clearly/put it on the menu so that you don't take your first time diner by surprise. While I don't live in SF anymore and don't get to eat there that often I have not run into it anywhere else. I ate at two other places that day that didn't have a surcharge and I've been going up about once a month to different places I used to frequent and not seen it at any of those places. Not sure if anyone else has seen this or if it is now common place but I'm curious.