I am so excited that Philipe Beltran has decided to open a restaurant at 4090 Adams Avenue, across from the Ken Cinema.
We have followed his success since he first created French Side of West in 1990.
His new establishment is in the space that was formerly Green Tomato. It has a country French look and very affordable prices.
On Friday, we split the calamari (7.5) I had the Rack of Lamb $21. The lamb was tender and prepared perfectly. It was joined with gratin potatoes and ratatouille. MSO had the bouillabaisse (19.5), our friends had the fricassee and the salmon wrapped in parchment 17.5). We were all overwhelmed with how good everything was.
We went back again on Sunday, and we shared the escargot (7.5), Caesar salad (7.5), wild mushroom raviolis (14.5) and crème brulee 6.5). Our friends split the cheese platter, Caesar salad, halibut (18.5) and flourless chocolate cake. Our friend has an allergy to flour and the servers new there items and steered her away from any item that could have even have the faintest amount of flour used. They were very happy to point out the flourless chocolate cake to her.
They have four signature martini’s (9.5) that include a basil , a Clementine with muddled mandarin oranges, a French Martini, and a Bleu martini with blue berries.
The wine list is very French and many items by the glass for $8 and bottles in the mid 20’s to low 30’s. Both nights we had a $32 Cotes de Rhone
The atmosphere is comfortable and the owner either greeted the guest or came to each table to check on them, which I thought was a nice touch. The prices were very good and the attention to detail and service were top notch.