Tight beyond belief, very French bistro service -- rushed, somewhat quick. Bustling on a Friday night with Presdio/Laurel Heights crowd.
3 Appetizers -- Goat Cheese/Greens, Scallop Mousseline, Halibut Croquettes. The croquettes were very good, recommended. The GC/Greens was okay, nothing great. The greens were tired. The Scallop dish was pleasant enough but again was eminently forgettable.
As was my nutmeg-spiced Veal Blanquettes, a milky stew with oddly cut pieces of meat. It just didn't really come together and was pretty bland. One high note was a delicious rice side dish, artfully presented.
Creme brulee, touted as "best in the city" by the waiter was fair, not great.
The wine list was generally non descript, I had a 1999 Burgundy that was served way too warm (the overly close proximity of the wine "cellar" to the kitchen clearly to blame) - they did accomodate my reqeuest to chill it down. However the proper temperature did nothing to help out this watery characterless bottle of wine. At $28 it was an utter ripoff.
So what can I say? I know that this is a very popular restaurant, the host is very charming and nice, but I won't be back. You literally get horned into place behind a two-top, the food is average - at best - and I am over the whole "I am so busy here at this precious French bistro -- what do you want???" service. Maybe in another town but in SF that combination just doesn't cut the mustard. Hit Le Charm any day over this place. Or, alterately, BSBistro's sister restaurant, the Alamo Square Grill, is superior value.
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