Despite walking proximity of Le Charm Bistro, we made dinner reservations to celebrate Bastille Day at Rue Saint Jacques.
The space was very open and airy. And in an unexpected corner of a very residential neighbourhood. They had a $40 3 course plus amuse bouche prixe fixe. With it you had a $15 wine paring that included a champagne, a sauterne, a choice of red/white to go with your entree. These were very FULL pours, not a taste. For two of us we ordered one order of the prixe fixe, an additional filet mignon entree, a bottle of bordeaux, and an order of wine pairing.
Amuse Bouche - Cucumber and Fennel Soup. I didn't try this, but it looked pretty and my companion enjoyed it very much.
Seared Foie Gras - This was a variation of their usual foie dish as it was not stuffed with prunes but rather used the prunes for the sauce. The foie was a generous piece seared to perfect done-ness. Creamy and rich, almost too much foie (if that can ever be the case).
Sole - Lighted dusted crispness on the outside, barely cooked per=fection on the inside. Nice lemon and caper sauce. Less heavy handed than most.
Filet Mignon - Cooked exactly to medium. Nice charring for a crust that provided a good texture change from the tender inside. Very flavourful and savory.
Creme Brulee - Generally like a more brittle crust, but beneath the sub-optimal crust was a custard that was rich and creamy without being overbearing or sweet. Much more depth than most versions.
Great attentive service but they were having difficulty with the sound system so the music was up and down cosntantly. Once we asked them about it, they immediately put on a cd and were very apologetic. Would definitely go again.
1098 Jackson, San Francisco. Cross street: Taylor St